What the Scriptures Teach Us about Adversity by S. Michael Wilcox
Highlight on Chapter Five: Thou Art Not Yet as Job
Brother Wilcox examines the well-known sufferer, Job, in Chapter Five. A selection of the chapter can be found below.
Job and such books as Ecclesiastes strive to examine some of the deepest and most difficult questions of life. In the case of Job we delve into the problem of suffering--why it is allowed, especially to the righteous? Why do the wicked seem to prosper? Perhaps even more important, Job examines a question we all must face at some time in our lives: If everything we hold dear were taken away from us and we were plunged into deep trials, would we still hold to our faith? Would we still love, trust, and honor our Father in Heaven? That is a difficult question to answer.
It might be helpful here to mention something about scriptural stories. They tend to be extreme examples. By their acute nature such stories can embrace all lesser examples and offer counsel to everyone. Few will suffer as Job did, but few are as devoted and obedient as Job was. Job represents the very righteous, almost perfect individual. If any deserve to avoid suffering, would not it be such a one? He must also receive suffering in an extreme degree, far beyond what most experience on earth. His example then becomes deeply instructive and relevant to all. Job represents humanity--all of humanity, specifically suffering humanity.
Brother Wilcox then goes through the story of Job verse by verse and teaches you the intricacies of what we are meant to learn from Job's example of suffering. You conclude the chapter with a new understanding of the principles found in Job and a surety that "when we know that our Redeemer lives, we know what is sufficient to survive life in the midst of confusion and adversity, just as Job endured in the bewilderment of his own terrible situation."
William Blake made a number of amazing depictions of the Book of Job including the picture above.