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Let God Stand in the Gap for You

Knowing God’s absolute power without also knowing God’s absolute goodness would be horrifying. Knowing God’s absolute holiness without also knowing God’s absolute compassion would be devastating.

It is understandable then to watch Job writhe and complain in the bitterness of his soul. Job had protected himself from the reality of God’s fearful power by “comforting” himself with his own righteousness and the blessing it would always bring. But when that veil is stripped away, only God’s absolute power and absolute holiness remains. Man cannot protest. Man cannot argue. Man can only accept his wretched state.

Perhaps this is why God offers up Job to Satan for testing. Job’s understanding of God and His purpose is not yet complete. Job knows how to fear God, but he does not yet have relationship with Him. When Job rightly states that God is “not a man like I am” and when he bewails that there is no “mediator” to plead his case, Job prophetically sees what’s needed to have right standing with God—a compassionate friend who can bridge that awful gap. A type of Jesus.

Job’s lesson is complete when God offers Job a way to experience His heart for reconciliation. In Chapter 42, God makes Job a mediator between man and God, a true friend to his miserable comforters, covering their sin with his own sacrifice. The joy in his own blessing then proceeds not from his own righteousness but God’s.

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