Poor Job. I do pity him. But not just for the extreme losses and suffering he endured. Not just for the additional pain of unsympathetic, accusing friends. But for being born when he was.
Previously we have mentioned Job’s yearning for a mediator – someone to stand before God on his behalf. Someone in the middle who would reach out his hands to touch both God and man and draw them together. Wise Job. Can you imagine how thrilled he would have been to have the opportunity to meet, listen to, accept and follow the Messiah, God’s Son Jesus? But, it wasn’t time yet.
It also wasn’t time yet for him to hold God’s precious living, giving words of life in his lap. Job knew the power and gift of God’s words. He stated, “I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my daily bread” (Job 23:12). But, at this time in history God would speak when He chose, where He chose, to whom He chose, and the record of his words would be passed down, mostly orally, to any who would listen. It was a good start – but Job longed for more. He said:
“If only I knew where to find him;
if only I could go to his dwelling!
I would state my case before him
and fill my mouth with arguments.
I would find out what he would answer me,
and consider what he would say to me.”
(Job 23:3-5, NIV)
We know that Job will get the amazing opportunity to have the Almighty speak directly to him (that is coming in next week’s reading). But that didn’t help him yet at the time of today’s passage. He is searching for God. He is starving for God’s word. He needs to hear from God. And he does not yet have the gift of God-breathed scriptures on his lap or in the palm of his hand. God’s Word is powerful and a great treasure. What a blessing we have in the gift of the Bible – where we find God, His wisdom, love, majesty, truth, encouragement, correction, as well as His Son, forgiveness, and a hope and a plan for eternal life. It is an incredible gift to hear God. It is an incredible gift to read the words of God. It is a gift we too often ignore.
God warns that His Word will not always be readily available. “The days are coming,” declares the Sovereign LORD, “when I will send a famine through the land– not a famine of food or a thirst for water, but a famine of hearing the words of the LORD.” (Amos 8:11). Perhaps He was first referring to the 400 years of silence that would take place between the inspired Old Testament and New Testament. But, I fear that it also refers to a time in the end days. Perhaps we are seeing the beginnings of it even now. Prepare by stockpiling God’s Word in your heart now. It will help you both today and tomorrow.
If you ever feel God is distant – check to see how far away your closest Bible is.
If you ever feel you can’t hear God – turn off the distractions and open His Word.
If you ever feel you are starving for God – feast on His Word.
Seeking God in His Word,
To read or listen to today’s passage – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Job+21-23&version=NIV
Tomorrow’s reading will be Job 24-28 in our 2020 Chronological Bible Reading Plan