Most of us are familiar with the story of Job in the Bible. It still stands as the best theodicy ever written. It still causes us to question and ponder the suffering in the world. It reminds us that there are things in the world, and beyond, that we cannot fathom — much less understand. Job’s friends insisting that he is guilty of something and Job maintaining his innocence of him.
Job screams his innocence to God in his closing argument, “Oh, that I had one to hear me! Here is my mark! Let the almighty answer me! If only I had my adversary’s written indication!” (Job 31:35). In the poem, God finally speaks,