Vs. 2, “Indeed, I know that this is true. But how can a mortal be righteous before God?” Job is making efforts to defend himself, but realizes that compared to God none of us can stand righteous before God. Many biblical scholars point out that it’s almost like a court scene where Job is requesting a trial before God. It was very difficult for Job to feel that God was listening to him (vs. 16). I think that is quite normal for all of us when we feel far away from the Lord.
Regarding application…Mediator = Jesus. Vs. 33, “If only there were someone to arbitrate between us, to lay his hand upon us both.” Wow…Job was longing for a mediator and little did he realize that God was using him to point us all towards Jesus! Jesus came to be the bridge that givs us (humans) the opportunity to come to God the Father. Job longed for it…and God would help us to realize we all have that same longing. “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 2:5). Jesus stands before us to be the true voice and representative for God’s creation who turned from Him. If we stand trial in a real court, we need a mediator (or lawyer) to stand up and present our case to the judge. That is what Jesus did for us and more.