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.
“… When the Almighty was yet with me,”
Job charts his downfall, and we get to the heart of Job’s complaint with God.
“I cry to you for help and you do not answer me; I stand, and you only look at me.”
Job thinks God has left him, rejected him, is ignoring him.
We can sometimes feel the same.
But don’t forget 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.
At the end of Deuteronomy, when Moses is at the end of his life, he says to Joshua and the people,
“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.”
Our God is with us!
And isn’t this the wonderful message of Jesus, Immanuel – God With Us.
Our God is with us, He will never leave or forsake us!
* God of Love,
You are the one true God – Praise You!
You are Creator God, having spoken and creation sprung into motion – Praise You!
You are with us, You never leave us or forsake us – Praise You!