Not only the empathetic listener, but the person who questions God is also a Friend of Job. You want to believe, but because of tragedy in your life, you doubt the presence of God, that God hears, or that he pays attention to you or to your suffering. Consider yourself a friend of Job. If you also know someone else like that, let them know they have a friend in Job.
Job, blindsided by events beyond his control, losses beyond his ability to grieve, and doubts beyond his capacity to bear, struggles to reach God. Once so real, God now seems distant. Once so loving, he now seems detached. Once so reachable, he now seems absent. If you’ve been through a tragic circumstance over which you’ve had no control, you can identify with Job. If you are a victim of a natural disaster, or of someone else’s neglect, abuse, or violence, Job reminds us that we can question God and still survive.
We have someone in Job who voiced to God the hard questions we all have.