Today we see Job doubling down that he is in the right and his friends are in the wrong in terms of his sin before God.
“Job refuses to agree that his friends are right, and he maintains that his circumstances are not an indication of undisclosed sin (vv. 1–6). In images similar to those his friends have used against him, Job wishes that his adversaries would be considered as the wicked are before God (vv. 7–23).” (ESV Study Bible)
The verse of focus here is verse 5: “Far be it from me to say that you are right; till I die I will not put away my integrity from me.” This is bold confidence in where he stands before God. If we had not seen God’s assurance of Job’s spiritual state earlier in the book, it would be easy for us to agree with Job’s friends.
This is certainly not a primary purpose of this text, but as I was reflecting on its truths and principles, I was reminded that this is the same assurance that we have before God in Christ. Again, these verses do not relate to our salvation, but they can serve as a reminder and encouragement to us that, because of Jesus, we can stand before God in confidence that our sins have been forgiven in Jesus Christ.
By: Graham Withers — Pastoral Ministry Associate