The Book of Job is a hard one....
but can be broken down into a few parts.
1. God allows us to be tested / trained as a Christian
2. There is a spiritual battle taking place around us, the Apostle Paul says Ephesians 6:12 (NIV) For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
3. God is God---I am not.......
- though Job complains / wants an audience in the Court of Heaven to state his case AGAINST God....
Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand.Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know!Who stretched a measuring line across it?On what were it’s footings set, or who laid its cornerstone while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy?Who shut up the sea behind doors when it burst forth from the womb,when I made the clouds its garment and wrapped it in thick darkness,when I fixed limits for it and set its doors and bars in place,when I said, ‘This far you may come and no farther;here is where your proud waves will halt’…”
For 123 verses God goes on to ask Job where he was when He was creating all that exists.
He asks Job if he’s entered the storehouses of snow in verse 38:22, and who the lightning bolts report to in verse 38:35.
He mentions the creation of the behemoth in 40:15 and the leviathan in 41:1 (how’s that for fantastic?).
For verse after verse he talks about the wonders of creation and repeatedly asks Job where he was when it was all being formed.
His point? He is God and Job is not.
• Job knocked on heaven’s door, hoping to gain a legal court hearing so that he could ask God some tough questions about human suffering. Instead of appearing in court to accuse God of the unfairness of human suffering, God showed up as a tornado and interrogated Job with 77 rhetorical questions.
• Job could not answer any of these 77 questions. None of these questions contained anything about suffering. God never even addressed the reason for suffering. These questions will show Job’s ignorance and God’s greatness.