Job And The Question Of Suffering


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When the Lord begins to speak, you automatically become silent. The Lord, who in the book of Job is eventually going to be in the spotlight Himself, takes the man Job into the great mystery of creation in a few long chapters. Where does everything come from and who makes sure that everything works as it works? Whether it's about how a deer gives birth to a fawn, or about an ostrich female that seems to be a little stupid. Then the Lord Almighty stops His tour of nature and addresses Job with a question: "Shall a faultfinder contend with the Almighty? He who argues with God, let him answer it." (Job 40: 2) But Job dares not add anything anymore. "Behold, I am of small account; what shall I answer you? I lay my hand on my mouth." (Job 40: 4), but the Lord is not finished yet. He goes on and the gaze goes even further to the masterpieces of the Creator.

"I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you; therefore I despise myself, and repent in dust and ashes." (Job 42:5-6) is the answer of the suffering Job to the Lord. A new chapter has been written in his experience of God. It is no longer about God, but now he has heard God Himself.