I love Job and his friends. They are just so human.
Throughout this entire book, Job has maintained his innocence in deserving the loss and struggles he has endured. He proclaims the name of God in faith and reverence, remains loyal to Him and a witness to those around him.
Job’s friends continue to stand by him, and although they don’t believe he is innocent, they do continue to try to help him through this…although a sting from a scorpion might be easier to take than the venomous bite of a disapproving and doubting friend.
“Oh, that I knew where I might find him, that I might come even to his seat! Behold, I go forward, but he is not there, and backward, but I do not perceive him;” Job 23:3, 8
“Why are not times of judgment kept by the Almighty, and why do those who know him never see his days?” Job 24:1
Where are you? He screams.
Why me? He yells.
Then Job joins his friends in admonishing the wicked, agreeing that God does prevail; almost as if he is reinforcing his claims of innocence and reminding himself that God is always watching and always just…in His timing.
“Yet God prolongs the life of the mighty by his power; they rise up when they despair of life. He gives them security, and they are supported, and his eyes are upon their ways. They are exalted a little while, and then are gone…” Job 24:22-24
How often do we question God?
How often do we focus on ourselves, listen to those around us and decide God has forgotten us…
That He doesn’t care…
That He has left us alone to fend for ourselves while the wicked prosper?
Remember, as Job does, God’s promises passed down among generations…
“It is the LORD who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” Deuteronomy 31:8