William Blake, The Complaint of Job (c. 1786), Fine Art Museums of San Francisco. https://art.famsf.org/william-blake/complaint-job-6930215

The story of Job, of which we get a brief glimpse this Sunday, is often interpreted as one of “theodicy,” which is better understood as the question of “why do good things happen to bad people?” or “if there is a God, why do bad things happen?” But our reading from job for this weekend actually invokes a different question or problem: what would it take for us to turn on God? Blake’s “Complaint of Job” captures Job in the midst of his accusers, like his wife, who questions Job’s rightness before God, even to the point of suggesting he “curse God and die.” Job’s fidelity to God under immense pressure is a challenge to us to evaluate our faithfulness to God even when things are uncertain or scary.

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