Vs. 3, “But I desire to speak to the Almighty and to argue my case with God.” After receiving his friends feedback, Job desires to speak directly to God now more than ever. Job felt that if his friends were physicians, they must have made a wrong prognosis (vs. 4). Even though Job was dissapponinted in his friends, he still was putting his faith in the Lord (vs. 13-17). Job was a battered man and we can certainly understand he was scared (vs. 21), and I have a whole lot of respect for Job for not wanting to just give up.
Regarding application…Looking Within. Vs. 9, “Would it turn out well if he examined you? Could you deceive him as you might deceive men.” Though I would love to say I relate more to Job than his three friends…I think I’m more like Eliphaz, Bildad & Zophar than I would like to admit. True, we all live some pretty tough lives…but Job’s troubles is one of the worse. We look down upon the three for their judgemental words…but we should credit them for they waited 7 days to speak to Job and they grieved with him. When I see others enduring hardships, I find myself not knowing the right words to use to comfort them. When someone comes to me for advice, I find myself thinking how to give them an answer rather than empathizing with them. Before we judge someone for their response to tragedy, let’s take sometime to look within and be sensitive to our own faults and the feelings of others.