READ : Job 23:1-12
Something has refreshed Job. Adrenaline seems to have covered the pain. Or does innocence and outrage over injustice empower Job? No, boldness is born not from arrogance but confidence in God’s basic fairness. Job feels that God is responsible for his condition. He addresses his complaints to God. Nevertheless, he is confident God’s final words will be, “I now set you free.”
Have you ever stood before a judge? Sometimes you tremble as if guilty even while telling the truth of your innocence. Although innocent you may have to spend thousands to prove your innocence! Society today focuses on the innocent victim but has little patience for the innocent accused.
As a pastor, one of the hardest experiences is standing alongside one whom you know is innocent when you both have serious doubts that justice will prevail.
Job would have loved to be able to hear the words of 1 John 2:1, “We have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ.” Surely Job would have been blessed with all the wonderful things we know about the love of our Judge as well. We have a whole book full of evidence that God loves and cares for us in all our experiences.
Lord Jesus, thank You so much that when we have experiences like Job, You are at one and the same time our Sovereign, our Savior, our Advocate, our Judge, our everything. Amen.