Re:Verse passage – Job 2:11-13, 22:5-6, 9-11 (day three)
“Sudden dread terrifies you,
or darkness, so that you cannot see.”
The desire for order runs deep within you. A chaotic universe is a terrifying universe. When you suffer, you might think one of two things: that your suffering results either from some evil you enacted, or from some error in the cosmic workings which God will fix when you voice your complaint to him. Either way proceeds in an orderly, logical fashion. This is the paradigm in which Job’s friends and Job himself seem to operate. But for there simply to be no discernable reason and no remedy on the horizon – this gives rise to alarm. Total darkness and total silence looks and sounds an awful lot like an empty, impersonal universe. Job discovered that very problem long ago. And that’s why we need to explore this book.