About the Author
Dr Derek Thomas holds a PhD in Calvin’s preaching on Job and is the Senior Minister at First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, South Carolina. He is also the Professor of Historic and Systematic Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary, Atlanta. Dr Thomas has written other titles published by Evangelical Press; these include commentaries on Isaiah and Ezekiel in the Welwyn Commentary Series, as well as Making the most of your Devotional Life, Help for hurting Christians, Serving the King and Mining for wisdom.
The book of Job is the harrowing story of a man whose life changed so dramatically in the course of a few short days. It is about the problem of suffering; and the answer to the problem is not seen in the comments of Job’s counsellors but more importantly in his response to suffering. The book of Job teaches us how to respond to difficulties in our lives.
Job’s acceptance of his loss is a wonderful example of piety. When he responds with questions and even a measure of bitterness and anger, his frustration is always taken directly to God. Job never lost faith, he is a model of cross-bearing and he teaches us to persevere even in the incomprehensible ways of God in our lives.
I am a pastor and have appreciated all of the volumes in this series. They have been careful to deal with scholarly details, and yet not encumbered by them. This volume seems like a series of sermons that grew out of his pastoral ministry. I found as I worked through Job myself that this was one of the commentaries I kept in front of me.