"Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil?" (v8). Job’s story has many unsolved mysteries: the author of the book, the exact time and location of the story, and Job’s background. However, immediately, we are told something crucial: Job is a good man, and God is pleased with him. This is important to remember as the story goes on, and Job loses everything.
The story of a good man who loses everything makes us uncomfortable. But Job’s story was written for our encouragement, so that in our own mysterious trials “we might have hope” Romans 15:4.