As we move into chapter five, let’s backtrack briefly.
So far, we have examined the Bible in chronological order from Genesis to Malachi in the Old Testament (the part of the Bible before Jesus comes on the scene, covering the period from 4000 B.C. to 400 B.C.). Before we move into the New Testament and look at Jesus, the church, and the end of time, it would be helpful to look at several books that deal with doubt.
The Bible helps us vent our emotions in the face of evil. Books like Psalms, Habakkuk, Job, Ruth, and Lamentations offer us contemplative views of the soul and its yearnings. In them we see the broken heart free to mourn, doubt, cry, and even wail. The Bible says we are living in a battle zone of good and evil, justice and injustice, love and hate, truth and lies. Being in the battle can result in bad things happening to anyone, even those who love God. The Bible gives us freedom to wrestle with Him as we compare this broken world to the one for which we were created. God also offers us hope that He will one day return and permanently repair this broken world.