The subject of suffering has seen the attention of some big theologians this year (see D. A. Carson’s seminar on suffering).
Piper tackles this subject with characteristic fervor, compassion, and posture of trembling at God’s Word. John spends a great deal of time considering Elihu, the youngest of Job’s friends who came to his aid. Piper considers Elihu a favorable counselor and provides good biblical reasoning for not lumping Elihu in among the other self-righteous friends who misrepresented God. Elihu’s counsel to Job comes close to God’s disclosure, and so Piper allows himself to unpack some of Elihu’s words to Job.
Piper is very down to earth, and handles a very delicate subject with great pastoral concern and theological skill.