I going to sneak in a couple more chapters since they’re small.
“Oh that I knew where I might find Him, that I might come to His seat!” (23:3)
Something about these chapters struck me: Job had a relationship with God. He knows Him, and He wishes they could talk this out together.
Even as Bildad keeps the limp advice coming, he retorts, this isn’t about being equal to God. Of course He is greater, bigger, totally other. I’m talking about why He is seeming inconsistent, and I don’t think He’s afraid to have that conversation with me.
This confrontation isn’t hostile, it’s refining.
“He knows the way I take; when He has tried me, I shall come forth as gold.” (23:10)
This is the response of a son.
What is your relationship with God? When tough times come, do you call into question His goodness, cower like a kicked dog, say “yes, master”? Job’s friends seem to have this mentality of the slave or subject. Who do you think you are, Job? You can’t just march into His courts and start demanding answers!”
Or can you?
“For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by Him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in His sufferings in order that we may also share in His glory.” (Romans 8:14-17)
Though thousands of years separate the books of Job and Romans, God has not changed. Even as we anticipate God’s response, we know He gives Job a run for his money, but also honors and restores him. He does, in fact, come forth as gold.
So, I ask again, what is your relationship with God? Do you know Him; approaching as a son? Or do you know about Him; reacting in fear?