There is a set of five books in the middle of the Old Testament that together are known as the “Books of Poetry” or the “Wisdom Literature.” These are books of Hebrew poetry, poetry at an exquisite level, but even more importantly, they are the wisdom of God for us in some of the most important areas of life.
These five books are
the book of Job - how to suffer
the collection of Psalms - how to pray
the book of Proverbs - how to act properly and wisely
the book of Ecclesiastes - how to enjoy life
and the Song of Solomon - how to love
The New Testament tells us to take this wisdom from God seriously and to learn from it, giving us this inspired summary: “You have heard of the endurance of Job and have seen the outcome of the Lord’s dealings, that the Lord is full of compassion and is merciful.” (Jas 5:11)
Let us look again to the wisdom that our maker gave us to endure, to succeed and even to prosper in difficult and practical areas of life and of the heart. How successful or not we deal with these parts of life will largely determine for us if our life is one of fullness and blessing or of want and misery. Turn again to the book of God and see how the outcome for the God’s faithful will show His grace and compassion.