Guarded Steps

Job 12:1-14:22

After being told, once again, that his suffering is because of some specific sin Job has had enough.  He retorts with:

“Well I know a few things myself-and you’re not better than I am” 

Job 12:3

Job gives his friends feedback on all the words and supposed ‘wisdom’ they are giving him.  He tells his friends that wisdom does not come from men but from God.

“But true wisdom and power are found in God; counsel and understanding are his.  

What he destroys cannot be rebuilt.

When he puts someone in prison, there is no escape.

Yes strength and wisdom are his;

Deceivers and deceived are both in his power.”


Job 12:13-16

He informs his friends that they are worthless and it would be better for them to just be silent.  He questions them about whether they are ‘defending God with lies or with truth.

Job begins to call out to God.  In his words you can hear the longing he has for the mediator he spoke of earlier. 

“I wish you could hide me in the grave and forget me there until your anger has passed. 

But mark your calendar to think of me again!  Can the dead live again?

If so, this would give me hope through all my years of struggle and I would eagerly await the release of death.

You would call and I would answer, and you would yearn for me, your handiwork.

For then you would guard my steps, instead of watching for my sins.

My sins would be sealed in a pouch and you would cover my guilt.” 


Job 14:13-17

Job has this longing for what is to come.  He knows that he is God’s handiwork just as we are.  He longs for a God who will guard his steps instead of watching for his sin. 

In Jesus we have that.  We have the God who guards our steps instead of watching us to see if we do well or if we fail.  How awesome is that! 

Our sins are sealed they have been thrown away.  Our guilt is covered.  Our steps are being watched over. 

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