I want to cherry pick a few verses which I think might resonate with us today, in this day and time. Look at vs.22 and I can’t help but think of Hurricane Florence as the author states: “You toss me about int he roar of a storm.” With the impending storm it is hard to think about much else, as you see people leaving and you hear the shrill warnings you wonder if anything is going to survive. But we have experience that not all things will come to pass as they say, but we are called to prudence.
I know that there are a few readers out there who read vs.17 and say, AMEN! “The night racks my bones, and the pain that gnaws me takes no rest.” I feel very fortunate that I do not suffer from pain and the gnawing of my bones but I know that there are many out there who not only experience constant pain, but have no end in sight to the pain. Take comfort in the words of Job that he has experienced the same reality and yet God, in the end, does come to deliver him.
This entire chapter is a reflection that while Job’s glory days are behind him, right now he is experiencing a situation where those whom he used to employ, are now mercilessly mocking him and taking delight in his current reality. You know that he has to be speaking about his friends Bildad, Eliphaz, and Zophar. Maybe at one time they had worked for Job and he had been lord over them, and now their children are rising up against him and speaking against him in unkind ways.
Isn’t it something when glory days are over and you find yourself humbled in a mighty way. But God remains faithful even if it feels like “you have turned cruel to me.”