This book is relentless with descriptions of a deeply troubled soul who instead of being comforted by his friends is increasingly aggravated by them. Zophar the Naamathite chimes in on the conversation and describes Job as a “talkative man…” (11:2) who while claiming to be innocent is not able to fathom how these calamities have fallen on Job (11:7-20) and thus there must be sin in his life.
Job responds with aggressive words like; “I am a joke to my friends…the just man is a joke” (12:4) but the enemies of God prosper (12:6). How can this be? It seems that in God’s might, wisdom, counsel, understanding and power none can contend (12:7-25) and says:
“He makes the nations great, then destroys them, He enlarges the nations, Then leads them away” (12:23).
What’s Job’s point? That the righteous man suffers, the wicked man flourishes and is at ease from calamity and while that baffles Job, he is nevertheless in real utter misery, maintains his innocence and his friends counsel is faulty. Not because the content of what they are saying is false, but because it does not apply to Job’s situation.
Job continues and reminds his friends; “Though He slay me, I will hope in Him” (13:15), nevertheless Job will continue to make his case and will be vindicated by God (13:15-28). Such horrific circumstances move Job to consider his own death and to recognize God’s sovereignty:
“Since his days are determined, the number of his months is with You; And his limits You have set so that he cannot pass” (14:5)
That’s a daunting reality and one that I should always consider, for my days are also numbered and one day my pen will cease to describe the ruminations from my soul. Thus, teach me to number my days Lord—this I fail to do well—and always help me trust in Your steadfast love, which is better than life, to bring me home.
I’m a burdened soul but nothing compared to this man Job, nevertheless my sin and struggle is real. I hate my lack of steadfastness, o God, come rescue me!