Although there is a wide difference of opinion about its date, the book of Job is one of the most outstanding masterpieces of literature. The writing is in the form of a historical poem. Job’s steadfastness following more adversity than most people will ever face is legendary. Even the prophet Ezekiel referred to Job (along with Noah and Daniel) as a man of great righteousness.
Job struggled to do what seemed impossible: to keep on believing in a loving, fair God even though all the evidence pointed against such a God. The crucial question of the book: would Job turn against God?
As we proceed throughout the book this year, keep this in mind – as you read the speeches of Job’s friends, remember that their views do no necessarily reflect God’s views. The book of Job merely records the friends viewpoints. It does not endorse them.