Job’s thoughts are filled with God, but in ch. 23 he is tormented by the fear that God can neither be found, nor reasoned with. He is the Judge Job cannot escape (v.7). Thereagain, He is the God Job cannot find (vv.8-9), and yet, Who knows Him so well (v.10). “He does whatever He pleases” (v.13) should be the believer’s song of worship (cf Ps. 115.3); but for Job it is the anguished howl of despair before a God of such inscrutable ways.
Meanwhile, all is struggle, frustration, and despair. God looks at human wickedness, but does not intervene (24.1-17). Men do unspeakable things, God does nothing. This is life on earth. But once again, faith breaks through. Job does recognise that even the complacent wicked, whose ways are never brought to account, are only “foam on the surface of the water” (v.18), and “for a little while they are exalted, and then they are gone” (v.24).
Why these words? Faith and frustration often work together, in the same heart, and are on the same lips at the same time. Job defends himself from the accusations of his friends by insisting that judgment rarely falls in this life, but also complains that the vindication he longs for is so slow to come. He will wait, though. God hears him, and that is enough. It must be enough for us, too.
A Prayer to Pray
Lord, I get so frustrated in life, often because I forget that life is a mist which will soon disappear. One day all will be justice, peace, glory and endless joy. Lord Jesus, by Your Spirit keep me trusting until that day. Keep me close to You, and for You. Amen.