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Think of your favorite songs. Can you repeat the chorus right now?

Jimmy Eat World wrote this chorus for The Middle:

It just takes some time

Little girl, you’re in the middle of the ride

Everything, everything’ll be just find

Everything, everything’ll be alright, alright


John Denver wrote in Take me Home, Country Roads

Country roads, take me home

To the place I belong

West Virginia, mountain mama

Take me home, country road

Maybe you couldn’t help but sing along in your head.

A chorus is a section of a song that is repeated multiple times and embodies the overall message of the song.

The Book of Job has no easy answers to life's most pressing questions about pain and suffering. I know, frustrating. God's response to Job's suffering isn't a neatly packaged solution but rather a call to trust Him. A helpful way for me to think about the meaning of Job is not a set of answers but a chorus. There are themes throughout Job that remind us of what is true. We can repeat these same themes to help ourselves in our suffering.

Take a minute to answer this question: What do you long to hear from God amidst your suffering?

Perhaps a promise of relief, a chance to opt-out, or a clear roadmap through the pain?

We all crave tidy resolutions, akin to the sitcom endings or Hollywood triumphs. But life rarely unfolds so neatly. Job's story confronts us with the raw honesty of pain and the absence of easy answers.

Yet, within the chaos of Job's narrative lies a chorus of meaning we can grasp onto and repeat.

Trust God

When God finally speaks to Job, He does so from the midst of a storm, a powerful symbol of correction and rebuke. God's response isn't a detailed explanation of suffering but rather a reminder of His sovereignty over creation.

God's questions to Job about the intricacies of creation aren't meant to be answered but to highlight the vastness of His knowledge and power. Just as Job couldn't control the stars or the Behemoth and Leviathan, so too is he incapable of controlling God.

In our own suffering, trust in God may seem elusive, yet it remains a solid anchor amidst life's storms. Even when we can't comprehend His ways, we can rest in the assurance that He understands and orchestrates all things.

He is Greater Than You

God's descriptions of the Behemoth and Leviathan underscore His incomparable greatness. Whether these creatures are dinosaurs or mere animals, the point remains: God is infinitely more powerful than anything we can imagine.

When we grapple with suffering, we may feel powerless and insignificant. Yet, God's reminder of His unmatched might invites us to relinquish our attempts at control and instead find solace in His sovereignty.

You Will Find God

Despite Job's longing to plead his case before God, he ultimately finds himself speechless in God's presence. Yet, it's precisely in this encounter that Job discovers a deeper understanding of God's character.

Just as Job found God amidst his suffering, so too can we. Whether through contemplative prayer, deep friendships, or the crucible of suffering, we are assured of encountering God if we seek Him.

God is a Who

Job's friends approached God as an abstract concept, a subject to be dissected and understood. Yet, God reveals Himself not as a distant idea but as a personal being with thoughts, actions, and opinions.

In our own wrestling with suffering, may we resist the temptation to reduce God to a mere idea and instead embrace Him as a living, breathing presence in our lives.

In the gospel, we find the ultimate expression of God's love and justice. Though we may long to punish the wicked and save ourselves, we ultimately fall short. Only through Christ's sacrificial death and resurrection can we find true salvation.


When life's storms rage and questions abound, let the chorus of Job's story resound in your heart. Trust in God's sovereignty, acknowledge His greatness, seek His presence, and embrace Him as a personal being. And above all, rest in the assurance of the gospel, knowing that God's love and grace are ever-present, even in the midst of suffering.