Two reasons to read the book of Job

Posted: November 3, 2015 in thought to ponder
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#1 Paul and James encourages us to read it.

In Romans 15:4, Paul said…

For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.

We are to read the book of Job, because it is written to instruct us. It also gives us hope. The Book of Job teaches us about suffering and that God is still Immanuel, God with us, in the middle of sufferings.

On the other hand, James said in his letter…

As an example of suffering and patience, brothers, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. Behold, we consider those blessed who remained steadfast. You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful. (James 5:10-11)

The Book of Job tells us about the Lord who is compassionate and merciful. This book teaches us about steadfastness (or patience).

#2 Job teaches us about suffering.

While many would rather skip the book of Job, we should read it because as long as we are in this world, suffering is bound to happen. Oswald Chambers gave an overview of the five books of poetry…

Job – How to suffer

Psalms – How to pray

Proverbs – How to act

Ecclesiastes – How to enjoy

Song of Solomon – How to love

Job was written not to answer the question “why does God allow the righteous to suffer?” but rather answers the question, “how should the righteous suffer?

So dive into the book. Share your insights too.


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