The Misery of Job and the Mercy of God
I recently purchased and read a short book entitled, The Misery of Job and the Mercy of God, by John Piper from Desiring God. Accompanying the book was the audio version on CD read by the author himself. Wonderful read and an even better listen. John’s voice sounds of wisdom and suffering. It is far better than mine even when I add my own imagined voice-box in my head.
His voice thunders with dignity and passion. It alone would carry almost any narration. But the words written in this short book were so terrifying of God’s sovereignty that even his voice was unnecessary. The words carried with them such deep conviction and power that any voice would be terrific to the ears. Still, it was not my voice that I heard. It was that of John. His voice and his words – the greatest modern-day poem that I have ever heard.
So what is it about? Its about God’s mercy from the lips of Job. He is of old age, suffered his many losses – his wealth, his friends, his family, his wife, his own body. He is on the other side of his suffering and speaking with great contentment in the Lord. The Misery of Job and the Mercy of God is John’s idea of what Job might have said to his young daughter after he met the Lord in the whirlwind. It is a great read.
But that was months ago. Why talk about it now? Today, I found a web site with a short commercial advertising a new edition of the same book, but retitled, Job. It was revisited and illustrated – to add one more dimension of effective and contagious passion. Your senses must be embrace this masterpiece.