Job’s Expanding View of God
Day: 9 | Plan: Suffering and Sovereignty
Today’s Reading : Job 9
Job 9:32 (NIV) “ He is not a mere mortal like me that I might answer him, that we might confront each other in court.”
Have you ever found yourself in a place where you thought you knew someone well and then they did something that caught you totally off guard?
Job’s suffering has caused him to experience new aspects of God’s character. Where Job once experienced God’s power in a limited way, he has now seen His power expanded. His view of God is shaken but Job is learning how to flex his understanding to fit the new truths. Job isn’t questioning God as Bildad has suggested, but we do find Job questioning his own understanding of God.
In Job 9, Job, who believes that God puts everything in its order, is coming to terms with the fact that God ordered his life – exactly the way it is. He is all powerful in a way that Job couldn’t have even begun to understand without his suffering. God has power over good, but He has power over evil as well. He overturns mountains and shakes the foundations of the earth. He makes the sun and stars not shine. (Job 9:5-7)
Until recently, Job experienced God so closely. But now He feels further away – remote. He realizes that God is really out of his grasp and control. God is invisible. He moves without detection or restraint so what hope does Job have of finding Him like Job so desires? (Job 9:11-13) Job understands that he can’t contend with God, but that doesn’t stop him from wanting to reach God.
Job comes to the question of God’s justice. God is seemingly punishing Job without cause, so how does that fit in with Job’s view of God? (Job 9:21-24)
As Job works through these new revelations about God’s character, he is left with three options:
1. He could just say “forget it!” and move on with his life. (Job 9:25-29) But what good would that do? He would still be without God!
2. He could attempt to cleanse himself of sin. But he doesn’t believe he has sinned, so he’d be back where he started, plunged in a slime pit by God. (Job 9:30-31)
3. Or, he could seek out a mediator. Someone who could bridge the gap between a “mere mortal” and the Almighty God. (Job 9:32-35)
Job had a very limited view of the reality of God’s character and the reasoning behind his own suffering, but through all of his semi-rational reasoning, he landed on the core of God’s plan.
A mediator. One who could stand between and intercede on his behalf. Someone who could indwell us and make us more than mere mortals. Someone who would lay down His life in service of His mediation.
Job is right. His relationship with God is broken, but it was broken a long time ago. It was broken when sin entered the world. God’s character is concrete, and we are the ones who are unpredictable and unjust. He ached for something he couldn’t put into words. He felt the brokenness and gave it a name – separation from God. (Job 9:33)
Job didn’t have the benefit of knowing that Jesus would mend the brokenness between him and God. But we do. (Hebrews 9:15; 1 Timothy 2:5-6; 2 Corinthians 5:21) We still suffer temporarily but we are saved from the eternal pain of separation from God through Christ.
Fall into the arms of Jesus and feel the heavenly acceptance of your merciful Father.
Prayer: Merciful Father, we praise You for Your incredible strength and might. Thank You for being greater than we are. Thank You for loving us so much that You provided us with a mediator – Jesus Christ. We love You. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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