Miserable comforters, long-winded speeches! Job wants to shake his friends and make them see – this has not happened to him because of some sin of his. The only explanation Job can think of is that God is being deliberately cruel. (16:9,11) His cry in 17:11 rends the heart still.
Here comes the heavy stuff (we thought it was heavy before!).
Job is stuck, arguing with his friends. Often our arguments are similar, all sides trying desperately to get their point across to those who just can’t seem to understand.
Job knows in his heart this is not God retaliating or punishing him for a specific sin. He tries to get his friends to see that.
But too, he is _low_. So very low.
Job wants to die, to get to the darkness (and presumably peace from his current situation) of the grave.
His mind is cracking (but not cracked), stretching (but not broken), lonely and desperate (but not without hope).
Because as we know, and keep returning too, God is at work! His sovereign will is being played out here.
Job can’t see it at the moment.
That’s a hard word for us. Often we cannot see God’s will, _why_ He is doing the things He is doing.
But we know that our dear Heavenly Father is at work.
As bad as it was for Job (and perhaps some of us), God doesn’t leave Job. Skip ahead and read chapter 41 after each one of these readings, it helps!