When I was little, I was always scared to ask my dad anything – especially permission to go to friend’s house or for a friend’s birthday party because I was worried that if I went to him, he would automatically say no. However, I would go to my mom or my sister and ask them to talk to my dad on my behalf because I thought he would be more receptive if he heard it from them. Have you ever been in a similar situation?
Well, I can tell you that Job wished he had someone as the middle man. If you recall, Job went through incredible loss and suffering, and while he clung to his faith in God and His sovereignty, Job still did not understand why he had to undergo such circumstances. In fact, he voiced a need straight from the gospel!
For He is not a man, as I am, that I should answer Him, and we should come together in judgment. Neither is there any Daysman betwixt us, that might lay His hand upon us both. | Job 9:32-33
Job understood the concept that as the creation, he could not question the Creator. He knew God was so much mightier than any human and that they could not possibly be on equal footing. However, he still HOPED for an intercessor or a mediator during this dark time in his life. Job specifically asked for someone who could lay a hand on God AND man. Now who comes to mind? Who could possibly be on equal footing with the Lord yet simultaneously represent man?
For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; | 1 Timothy 2:5
In the midst of tragedy, Job longed for Christ! He longed for the only One who could possibly understand him and still speak on his behalf to the Lord. Isn’t that amazing? Let’s just step out of the story and realize that book of Job, the oldest book of the Bible, literally talks about the Messiah, Jesus Christ!
In a story that seems so unfair and chaotic, you see that God is already working out the plan of salvation.
Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man comes to the Father, but by ME” (John 14:6). Job didn’t know anything about Israel or the future, but there was still this longing in his heart.
I believe God did that.
I believe God places a need in our hearts and souls that we cannot fully explain – a need that can only be fulfilled by Christ. No matter how hard we try to understand each other, how educated we are, or how successful we become with our goals and dreams, we still have conflict and emptiness that still remains at the end of the day.
For those who do have Christ, what an amazing gift! We have the mediator that Job longed for. We have Someone who knows exactly what we are going through and knows exactly what suffering and loss feels like.
The cross is horrifying and poetic all at the same time.
Jesus did not have to come down to earth. He didn’t have to endure the unjust hatred, prejudice, torture, and ultimately death on that cross. None of it was fair, but He endured it all out of obedience to the Father’s will. In doing so, God fulfilled Job’s request from so long ago so that we could have a mediator.
Believers, when you are enduring suffering and you cannot understand why or what to do, just remember that you have the Greatest ally of all: Christ Jesus.