Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Now my eyes have seen you
I was reading Robert Fyall's Now My Eyes Have Seen You, Images of Creation and Evil in the Book of Job (Apollos, 2002); or at least I tried to read it during the little free time I have. Someone did catch me reading and was surprised that I read to relax. (I told her I do but little did she know the kind of books I read to relax!)
I did not proceed on much with this book, and so I would not be able to provide much of a review of it but I found this interesting in the first few pages that I did manage to read:
"God is not carrying an experiment to see if Job's piety survives the loss of his prosperity ... suffering and calamity are under God's sovereignty. This is not a simplistic proposition and the suffering is real. The book abounds with hard questions and much mystery remains. Yet there is never a question that Job will turn away from God. His protest are not those of the atheist but of the baffled believer." (p.23)
I simply love the phrase "the baffled believer", which I think we all are in our own ways.