If I say, ‘I will forget my complaint, I will put off my sad face, and be of good cheer,’ I become afraid of all my suffering, for I know you will not hold me innocent. I shall be condemned; why then do I labor in vain? If I wash myself with snow and cleanse my hands with lye, yet you will plunge me into a pit, and my own clothes will abhor me. For he is not a man, as I am, that I might answer him, that we should come to trial together. There is no arbiter between us, who might lay his hand on us both. Let him take his rod away from me, and let not dread of him terrify me. Then I would speak without fear of him, for I am not so in myself.
I wonder if Job is not beginning to worry about others who may take the position that he must have failed the LORD somehow. Otherwise, why would the LORD allow an innocent man to suffer thusly? He recognizes that there is no arbiter between them. He has no one standing at the right-hand of God pointing towards the redemption of the cross. He sees that he cannot speak without fear before the LORD, God, the Almighty.
Praise the LORD, I have an intercessor and need not be afraid.
Today's readings in the Psalms:
Morning: Psalm 139
Evening: Psalm 64
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