Ever felt like the poster child for the trials of Job? Maybe you too have lost friends, family, or resources suddenly. I’ve been there. Yet, today I realized I am more like Job for another reason.
I came to Ch.16 where Job is finally fed up with the negativity of his “so-called friends”. Now there was nothing wrong with him expressing his heartbreak for how they reacted to his problems, but his “slow-dumb moment” began when he foolishly accused God for his misfortune.
Like Job, my ignorance of God’s unwavering love for me through my trials was where I fell off.
At first I assumed that Job remained clueless and self-absorbed until the end of the book after he finally repented and prayed for his friends, but I noticed that by verse 19, Job realized his need for an intercessor….He realized he hadn’t the strength, friends, or family to do anything about his situation. Ironically, he managed to utter words of hope, saying,
“Even now my witness is in heaven; my advocate is on high. My intercessor is my friend as my eyes pour out to God; on behalf of a man he pleads with God as a man pleads for his friend.” (NIV)
That says it all. God answered the plea…no not Job’s or mine, but Jesus’ plea as the Intercessor. Jesus stood in the gap for Job in his foolishness as He’s standing in the gap for us now. I guess it’s not so bad to be just like Job after all.
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