“Oh that one would hear me! Behold, my desire is, that the Almighty would answer me, and that mine Adversary had written a book. Surely I would take it upon my shoulder, and bind it as a crown to me. I would declare unto Him the number of my steps; as a prince would I go near unto Him. If my land cry against me, or that the furrows likewise thereof complain; if I have eaten the fruits thereof without money, or have caused the owners thereof to lose their life: let thistles grow instead of wheat, and cockle instead of barley. The words of Job are ended.” Job 31:35-40 (KJV)

The last friend to answer Job was Bildad the Shuhite (chapter 25).  All three of the friends had condemning comments, rather then words of comfort or encouragement.  When you are down you do not need someone to drive you further down.

For Job, God has been silent.  He is asking for a chance to appear before the Great Judge, and Prosecutor to clear his name.  To Job at this time the Almighty is the Judge and Prosecutor (Adversary) rather than the Advocate.  Remember, Job does not know the scene, or the events in heaven before all his pain began.

As you read the above text for today you can see some confidence in Job.  There is confidence that if he could just see the charges against him he would be vindicated through this case.  “Let the Adversary write a book”  bring the charges against me he says, and I will be wearing them on my head as a testimony of my faithfulness.

There is a bit of arrogance in his statement.  The Almighty does address this matter later in His words to Job.

We can have confidence that the Almighty hears us.  We can be confident that we will be cleared of all charges of guilt against us.  Not because we are guiltless, but because of the atoning death of Jesus Christ on the cross.  With Christ there is no room for arrogance, pride, or a self-righteous attitude.  We appear before the Almighty by His grace.

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