Divine Revelation Fundamental to Suffering Well: Insights for Contemporary Counseling from the Book of Job

From the introduction (paper posted under “Other Writings” tab above):

“The thesis of this paper is that divine revelation is fundamental to that true transformation of the individual, the appeasement of that troubled soul when it gazes upon the sovereign wisdom and power of God displayed therein.  If the righteous sufferer is to be comforted and planted in the everlasting soils of divine communion, he must see God.  Thus, revelation is fundamental to counseling Job through the experience of his suffering because it manifests God, and in so doing, the character of God which teaches Job that God is greater than his circumstance of affliction.  Indeed, the circumstance is a tool in the hand of the Almighty.  Insofar as one’s counsel is derivative of this Word, the counseled heart will see with new eyes.  This brief sketch of Job’s experience and the insights attained from it for contemporary counseling will accord with the following outline: first, a description of Job’s predicament; secondly, a description of poor counseling exemplified in the words of Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar; thirdly, whether we can learn anything from Elihu as distinct from the three friends; and lastly, the place and content of good counsel, the Word of God and the essential attributes of God set forth within.”

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