When a person begins to wonder why God is taking so long to hear their prayer, they begin to think they are not a fault. For example, Job became angry at God because of everything bad that was happening to him and he blamed God. God visited Job, as he listened to God, he realizes that God had given him everything. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised” (Job 1:21) Job repented of his questioning of God’s goodness, “Job was healed and restored” (Hiles & Smith,
Job’s friends could not realize the bigger picture and trust in God to now that Job did nothing wrong. Conclusively, the story of Job demonstrates that human anguish can arise for reasons beyond our understanding. The age old question, is why do good people suffer while bad people prosper? But we cannot always perceive why unless God chooses to reveal his motive. However, it can be said that God is just testing that his servants will love, trust and have faith in Him no matter what.
The first instance of learning we see is when Augustine is describing the almost incurable pain that plagues him. As he recollects this moment, Augustine states that there was little to nothing he could do to ease the immense emotional pain he is experiencing. However, looking back he knows the solution is God. He states himself, “I should have lifted myself to you, Lord, to find a cure” (60). In other words, Augustine knows God had the answer to his problem, but was too weak
Job begins to think about man’s relationship to God and wonders why God judges people by their actions if God can just as easily alter or forgive their behavior. Humans cannot deceive God and Job admits that he does not even understand himself well enough to effectively plead his case to God. I really love and hate the story of Job. It is so difficult to read a faithful servant being punished when he has done nothing wrong. Yet I think it is incredible how faithful Job could be even when Satan took everything he cared for from him.
God also asks all of his followers to forgive other because he has forgiven them. With the immense amount of grace that He has it’s hard to not obey him. God has so much power and is so strong that Christians are to obey him and his will. Christians fear the Lord not out of sacredness but instead out of awe of his almighty power and mercy. Although forgiving for selfish reasons do have benefits, it isn’t the right way to approach the situation of forgiveness.
He is quiet and listens intently to the advisers, but his opinion differs from the others. Elihu believes “it is the spirit in a person, the breath of the Almighty, that gives them understanding” (Job 32:8). He tells Job he should be ashamed of himself for justifying himself in front of the Lord. Job’s three friends also receive Elihu’s wrath, since they did not solve Job’s problem, but treats him cruelly. Elihu believes suffering is a form of God’s love to “turn them from wrongdoing and keep them from pride” (Job 33:17).
The sinful people have seemed to escape God’s wraith, while Job is punished. Job says that he doesn’t deserve God’s grace more then anyone else. In both the bible and the play, Job wonders why such a bad thing has happened to him. He wants to know why God has treated him so badly. The three comforters tell him that it is because we are human.
Also, he shows a sense of desperation for an answer because he sees himself as depraved. Taylor mentions, “Lord, hold Thy hand: for handle me Thou mayst In wrath: but oh, a twinkling ray of hope” (21). The importance of hope is important to Taylor because he doesn’t want to live in wickedness, he wants to flee from it. He accepts God’s sovereignty and for that purpose knows he is the only one that can redeem him. In the metaphysical poem, he also acknowledges his feelings of guilt when he realizes that God has resurrected meaning he never died.
Arthur Dimmesdale faces many challenges throughout the course of the novel, which causes him to evolve. Despite his many good qualities, he does not confess, while Hester Prynne gets publicly shamed for the sin they committed together. This adds up to the reader’s lack of empathy for Dimmesdale. He plays the role of “human frailty and sorrow.” The activities Hester and Dimmesdale engage in are completely unacceptable in the Puritan society. Arthur Dimmesdale is a Puritan minister, he is expected to be the representation of Puritan faith, so he refrains from disclosing the truth.
By fixating on their material well being, they follow the same path as Everyman, the path away from salvation. At the beginning of The Second Shepherds' Play all three shepherds, Coll, Gib, and Daw, seek to relieve their pain by complaining. Their complaints are many, and justified, yet they accomplish nothing. Although Coll thinks that It does me good, as I walk Thus by mine one, Of this world for to talk In manner of moan. ( Shepherds' Lines 66-69) He really does not get any closer to redemption by doing this, although it may ease part of his emotional burden, his spiritual failings remain.