Job 8-10 (The Daily Walk Bible).

Job expresses some important truths here. He believes that God is absolutely sovereign. He recognizes that God is immortal. He also understands that he needs a mediator. But not in the way he thinks…

Job wants someone to plead his case before God based on His innocence. And he is innocent! We know that everything happening to him is a result of God allowing Satan to test him. But should he really be so sure that he hasn’t sinned? Shouldn’t he express a little humility instead of being so proud? Even if he may believe that the extent to which he is being punished is excessive, can he really be so sure that he’s perfect in God’s sight?

We recognize that we need a mediator too, but not to plead our innocence. We need a mediator to stand before God and plead for forgiveness because we are guilty! And that mediator is Jesus Christ! 1 Timothy 2:5-6 states, “For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time.”

In addition to Job’s pride, we also see him accusing God of capriciousness (claiming that God is erratic, changing his mind on a whim). “He attacks me without reason.” “He laughs when a plague suddenly kills the innocent.” When God allows these things to happen, it’s actually to bring about good in the lives of His children. Romans 5:3-5 reminds us that we should “rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”

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