Job 23


‘Then Job replied: “Even today my complaint is bitter; his hand is heavy in spite of my groaning. If only I knew where to find him; if only I could go to his dwelling! I would state my case before him and fill my mouth with arguments. I would find out what he would answer me, and consider what he would say to me. Would he vigorously oppose me? No, he would not press charges against me. There the upright can establish their innocence before him, and there I would be delivered forever from my judge. “But if I go to the east, he is not there; if I go to the west, I do not find him. When he is at work in the north, I do not see him; when he turns to the south, I catch no glimpse of him. But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold. My feet have closely followed his steps; I have kept to his way without turning aside. I have not departed from the commands of his lips; I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my daily bread. “But he stands alone, and who can oppose him? He does whatever he pleases. He carries out his decree against me, and many such plans he still has in store. That is why I am terrified before him; when I think of all this, I fear him. God has made my heart faint; the Almighty has terrified me. Yet I am not silenced by the darkness, by the thick darkness that covers my face.’ Job 23:1-17

Job’s Response

It appears that Job didn’t reply directly to Eliphaz here, he appears to reflect on his physical condition and tried to discover the meaning of his misery.

Job once again wants to speak to God because he’s become increasingly frustrated with trying to reason with his friends.

At this point in time, he believes God would listen to him and what he has to do, he believes that God would at least pay close attention to what he has to say.

Job wants to go before the judgment seat of God, which is something the wicked person would never want to do, Hebrews 4:16. He wants to present his argument to God, and then silently hear God’s response. If he could speak to God, Job believes God would be fair with him and not overpower him.

Job’s problem is that he can’t find God, he’s looked for Him and called for Him. He’s done everything he can to find Him and he can’t.

Job will go in every direction looking for God but without any success. When people suffer in an environment where it seems that they are alone, God is working behind the scenes for their case, Romans 8:28.

The good news is that Job believes he’s valuable to God, and when he is tried, James 1:2-4, he will be found to be as gold, 1 Peter 1:6-9. This is because Job has faithfully walked in God’s path. Just knowing that God knows our troubles and sufferings reassures us that He is working for our case, Hebrews 11:1.

Notice Job’s theology which is correct. He says, God is God and He isn’t going to be forced to do anything by man. Job is admitting that being in the presence of such a powerful God is a little on the intimidating side, it is fearful, Proverbs 9:10.

God didn’t hide His dark mystery from Job but Job was bewildered concerning its presence in his life. He couldn’t understand the extent of his trials and suffering that God had allowed him to go through, but he does understand that God is with him through those trials and sufferings, James 1:12.

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