Job 9 has Job responding to friend #2 (Bildad) and his comments. Job begins asking this question: “how can a man be in the right before God”? He knows that no man is worthy to stand before God and that he is a mere man. But that doesn’t mean his current plight is the result of sin. It just puts God where God belongs, on the throne over all the world. God alone is worthy of that seat. No man, Job included, can stand before Him. And he goes on to make that point more succinctly.
“How can a man be in the right before God? If one wished to contend with him, one could not answer him once in a thousand times. He is wise in heart and mighty in strength”. God is infinitely more of everything and Job gives a list of things he knows about God:
- removes mountains
- overturns them in his anger
- shakes the earth out of its place, and its pillars tremble
- commands the sun, and it does not rise
- seals up the stars
- stretched out the heavens
- trampled the waves of the sea
- made the Bear and Orion, the Pleiades and the chambers of the south
- does great things beyond searching out
- marvelous things beyond number
God is all powerful and amazing, and Job knows that to be true.
Job describes how disconnected he feels from God. “Behold, he passes by me, and I see him not; he moves on, but I do not perceive him”. When this happens, and we all go through times like this, we have to remember one key truth. If we don’t feel close to God – we won’t have to guess who moved. God isn’t going anywhere. Our disconnect is because of what we are doing, not that God has gone somewhere else. He never leaves nor forsakes us. God is faithful and there. The only question is whether we moved or not.
Job knows that there is no way he can become righteous enough to ever approach God. “Though I am in the right, I cannot answer him; I must appeal for mercy to my accuser”. He knows that God is a God of mercy – a God who doesn’t always give us what we really deserve but chooses to withhold some of those things just because of His love. And he knows that God alone can change his plight. So he cries out to God and seeks His grace and mercy, knowing the days are marching on.