By chapter 9 of the book of Job, where we are in the reading the bible in 2019 plan, we are in the thick of ‘advice’ from Job’s friends. The words he has received so far have included…
“Stop and think”
“If I were you…”
“We have studied life and found all this to be true..”
“I have heard enough of your complaining”
“Just stop sinning”
“You will get what you deserve”
“Just do better”
“If you were a better person better things would come your way”
How many times have you heard these words? How many times have you given these words? When we are suffering it hurts to hear these things that give no hope. When we think about the times we have given these words instead of hope.
How many times have I told some one (or at least thought) ‘just suck it up’. How many times have I heard someone say JUST STOP IT or Just do it. Pull yourself up by your bootstraps. You must not be praying ‘hard enough’. Karma-you get what you put into it.
All of these pieces of advice may be true. If an alcoholic stopped drinking life would be better. More times than not if you work hard their will be a good outcome HOWEVER that is not a guarantee in life. Someone’s life experience may be beneficial to hear about but it’s also not the rule or guide or hope in life.
Job knows something is missing from all of their words. He says:
“God is not mortal like me, so I cannot argue with him or take him to trial. If only there was a mediator between us, someone who could bring us together. The mediator could make God stop beating me and I would not longer live in terror of his punishment. Then I could speak to him with out fear but I cannot do that on my own strength.” Job 9:33 (NLT)
Jesus was missing from all of their words. Jesus, the mediator, who can bring God and mortals together.
Jesus was the one who came down and became a mortal like you, like me, and like Job.
Jesus took on the temptation, trial, and life we needed to live to bridge the gap between us and God.
The mediator made it so we have never seen the punishment of God and never will. We will not because He took the punishment on himself. We have no reason to live in terror.
Jesus, the mediator, made it possible for us to speak with our heavenly Father. Job could not do it on his own strength. We could not do it on our own strength but because of Jesus we can.