Joel WingoI’m continuing my interview on Job with Calvary Chapel Bible College teacher Joel Wingo. Read part 1 and part 2 of the interview.

Interview on Job

 

Which resources would you recommend to someone wanting to get a grasp of the book of Job?

Although I can’t endorse everything these authors have written, the following books are very helpful for studying Job:

For commentaries, I like:

Other interesting books on Job:

  • S. Foster Damon – Blake’s Job: William Blake’s Illustrations of the Book of Job

Lastly, what can we take away from studying the book of Job?

There are so many great “takeaways”. Here are a few essentials (I could keep going for days!):

  • I need to be very careful not to give simplistic answers to suffering. Suffering is not proof of a person’s sinfulness, and prosperity is not proof of a person’s righteousness. There is such a thing as undeserved suffering. (The LORD Himself says Job was blameless in Job 1:8)
  • God is worthy of my trust and worship (the fear of the LORD) whether He blesses me or not (Job 1:9; 1:21; 2:10).
  • I always need to remember that I am not all-knowing and all-wise, but the LORD is. I am not all-powerful and all-sovereign, but the LORD is. I never will be sufficient for my needs, but He always has been, is, and always will be (Job 38-41).
  • I need to recognize that even though for now God allows chaos (e.g. Leviathan), evil, and injustice in His world, we can be sure that He is in control of these terrifying things, and He will accomplish His good purpose for His world and His people, which “cannot be withheld” from Him (Job 42:2).
  • As a created, finite, and contingent being, I am not in a position to judge whether or not the LORD is just (Job 40:8).
  • Job was never given a satisfying answer to his “Why me?” questions. The book’s narrator tells us that the cause of the whole thing was Satan’s accusation that Job’s worship of God was merely veiled self-interest. But Job wasn’t even told about that. Sometimes (usually when we can look back from a much later vantage point) we can understand a part of why we experience suffering. But more often we can’t know why, and we simply have to trust, pray, and obey in spite of our uncertainty.
  • Life cannot be reduced to any formula that makes God predictable and tame, such as the “retribution principle”. Instead I need to live in a way that recognizes his immensity, wisdom and power, and entrust myself to His loving-kindess (Job 26:14; 42:12a).

I’d like to thank Joel Wingo again for taking so much time to do this interview with me! I hope it was a blessing.