What sort of person does this chapter reveal Job to be? This protest to his innocence of the charge of his friends is set against the backdrop of his agony over what has happened to him and his family. The Apostle Paul’s defence of the rejection of his apostleship by Corinthian Christians (2 Cor.10, 1 Cor.4:9-16) has a very similar ring.
Job charts his downfall (from his point of view), from a place on high to the lowest of low.
It’s here that we get to the heart of Job’s problems with God.
From his perspective, in his previous life God watched over him (29 v2). And this is true! God was watching over him.
But now Job thinks God is ignoring him.
30 v20 says, “I cry to you for help and you do not answer me; I stand, and you only look at me.”
That’s why it is so important to remember the first chapter of Job, the heavenly realities that are in motion unseen around us.
God is at work, watching over us, caring for us, even in this sort of experience Job has had.
From our perspective, sometimes it feels as though the Lord has left us be.
It’s a great opportunity to remember God’s steadfast faithfulness to us, His people. His covenant promises to us, and that He always keeps His promises.
There’s a wonderful verse at the end of Deuteronomy, when Moses is about to “go the way of all the earth”, he says to the people, and then again to Joshua (v8, same meaning, slightly different words).
Deut. Ch 31 v6 says, “Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”
This was true for Job, and it is true for us!
Our God goes with us! He will never leave or forsake us!