Job says a lot today. He confirms that his frustrations are justified by wondering out loud if a donkey will “bray when it has grass” (Job 6:5). Of course, it doesn’t, and in the same way Job doesn’t question God for no reason. Job also wishes to have God strike him down so he can perish as one confident he has been true to God. After this Job speaks of how horribly his friends are treating him.

However, the most dramatic part of Job’s speech comes when he begins aiming his questions at God. Job wonders what he has done and why God cares so much. Finally, Job wonders why God, if Job has in fact sinned, will not just forgive him. After all Job as a mortal will be dead soon. Job still has little insight into what God is doing in his situation.

So we see a gamut of thoughts and emotions, all of them revealing a great deal of Job’s character and his search to make sense of God’s work. This is why, in times of suffering, Job has always been a faithful friend to those who will study his words. Job endured great suffering, and he can be a great ally in whatever suffering we face.