Job 12 has the response of Job to Zophar and his two buddies. He begins with this sarcastic response: “No doubt you are the people, and wisdom will die with you”. It is easy to hear the sarcastic and bitter tone in Job’s response. That tone was appropriate, because Job’s friends really had acted as if they were the people who had all wisdom. They didn’t, and quite honestly had no clue of what God was up to. They shared what their very limited perspective was, but it was completely wrong.
Job goes on to remind his friends that he was close and connected to God. “I am a laughingstock to my friends; I, who called to God and he answered me, a just and blameless man, am a laughingstock”. Job felt mocked and persecuted. The way that the innocent man Job was mocked by his friends reminds us of what Jesus endured in His sufferings and on the cross, when He was mocked by the soldiers who beat Him, by the chief priests as He hung on the cross and how Jesus was ridiculed by others too. Job experiences much of that same kind of treatment here.
Job gives his friends the reality of how the world works – that God alone is in control. “In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of all mankind”. He tells them that they can ask the animals or fish – even they know that God is in charge. And God does what He does and no one can change that. “If he tears down, none can rebuild; if he shuts a man in, none can open. If he withholds the waters, they dry up; if he sends them out, they overwhelm the land”. It’s all about God and what He chooses to do. Job knows he can’t change that outcome.
Job describes the great power of God. He makes it clear that God has power over:
God alone is in control. He owns the power over all things. Job extended his description of the power of God to the idea of God’s ability to take away the understanding of even great men. When He does this, they grope in the dark without light. They “stagger like a drunken man” if God is not guiding their path. This is what Job knows to be true, and it is true yet today!