Job is the Biblical archetype of the patient, suffering saint. Like me you’ve probably heard people use the phrase, “He [or she] has the patience of Job!” Perhaps [like me] you’ve even used it yourself. But having studied Job at some length I’ve come to realize what a flippant, throw-away rimshot line that little cliché really is.
Let’s be honest, you and I have never met anyone with the patience of Job. Job’s patience truly is the stuff of legend. Here was a man who the Scriptures testify was “blameless and upright, and one who feared God and shunned evil” (1:1)—”none like him on the earth” (v.8).
Phil Johnson does a yeoman’s work in succinctly expositing Job and capturing the essence of the book in an amazing economy of words and ideas. Phil’s editorial skills shine as brightly here as I’ve ever seen them. Do yourself a big favor, and treat your spirit to this excellent article.
by Phil Johnson