Job is one of the scariest books of the Bible. I constantly find myself comparing it against my own wisdom and theology, my gut reactions to reading it show me my heart. It forces me to ask and answer questions of why I follow God - do I seek Him because He blesses me, or because He is true? Do I delight to know Him simply for the pleasure of Him? Where our treasure is, there our heart will be also.
But God is the tester of wisdom - not me. Not Job. Not his friends.
Job 28: 27-28 “Then He saw wisdom and evaluated it. He set it in place and examined it thoroughly. And this is what He says to all humanity: ‘the fear of the Lord is true wisdom; to forsake evil is real understanding.’”
When Job’s heart is tested, it produced faith. It was faith not just in the face of confusion, but faith even amidst his deep feeling that his protector and friend had become his adversary (30:21).
Job has a way of pointing out all we never wanted to hear: that God is not obligated to anything - which is what makes grace so… perfect. We may not always get answers. But there is one thing Job asks for that God does answer: a mediator. 2000 years later, in the person and work of Jesus Christ, the ultimate and perfect mediator comes into the picture. I’ve always thought this book was beautifully prophetic. But the Book of Job is not only prophetic, it’s a prayer answered. God sends someone to not just mediate, but to advocate. And it’s not just for Job, but for you and I. Our mediator is also our intercessor! The best part: God did this not out of obligation, but out of love.