The story of Job is actually far more interesting than most people think. While it may outwardly seem to be a story about a man who “never gave up”, I think to interpret it this way is to miss the point of the story.
I can see where such a misconception of the story could come from, since the bible has oft been simplified by well-meaning folk who assume that each bible story can be boiled down to a one sentence cliché. The bible is a very complex book; to properly understand it one should read a chapter, think about it, sleep on it, and then read it again. It is not a matter of consumption, but digestion. But I digress.
Job is not a significant biblical character for his patience, but rather for his lack of it. He does not simply take what God gives him and assume that he must have done something wrong to deserve his punishment, though Job’s friends encourage him to think this way. Rather, he questions God, he in fact demands to see God, and is rewarded: he is one of the few characters in the bible who have an actual conversation with God. His friends, who had a blind faith without any substance, were punished by God. (Job 42:7 “My wrath is aroused against you and your two friends, for you have not spoken of Me what is right, as My servant Job has”) Job is also rebuked, but remember that his questioning extended into almost attacking God, he even curses the day he was born, tantamount to saying that God messed up. (Job 3:3 “May the day perish on which I was born”)
Job is a character in the Bible who is in fact blessed for questioning God – a gift for all Christians who do not believe in a blind faith, but rather an active relationship with God. For blind faith is not love, and is not a relationship, it is no more than what the Pharisees had.