Daily Reading: Job 10-13; Acts 22
‘According to Your knowledge I am indeed not guilty, Yet there is no deliverance from Your hand.’ (Job 10:7, NASB95)
Job’s understanding is inadequate for his dealing with his situation. He believes that he has done nothing to merit punishment, and so there can be no deliverance, because it comes from God’s hand.
- Job’s trial reveals how true his relationship with God is. Job is not simply talking about God, but He is speaking to Him. God has always been His present help, but now He seems to have become his adversary.
- Job is right that “there is no deliverance from Your hand.” If God is against you, Scripture is clear that there is no one to deliver (Deut. 32:39; Is. 43:13). Salvation from God’s wrath could only come from God Himself. Isaiah 63:5 says, “There was no one to help… so My own arm brought salvation to Me.”
- Job’s friends cannot accept that his problems have arisen for any other reason than his own sinfulness. Therefore, they see him as in need of enlightenment of his sin, repentance, and submission to God. However, Job’s life is one that is dependent on God. He was obedient to the law and faithfully offered sacrifices for his own sin and that of his family. He cannot understand why God would be angry with him.
- Even though he was not present in the heavenly conversation between God and Satan, he reflects some knowledge of his situation before God: “you know that I am not guilty.” Job doesn’t understand God’s love and care for him; for God has clearly put limits on what Satan can do.
Job teaches us to put our hope in the living God, no matter what our situation looks like, or what others are telling us. Because of Jesus, we know that God is for us and not against us (Rom. 8:31-32). We don’t always understand why we suffer, but we can trust God to bring us complete deliverance; if not in this life, then in the next. Where is your hope? Are you convinced that God knows your situation and is on your side? Are you right with God, as evidenced by your belief in Jesus and resulting holy lifestyle?