Job 23:1-17 NIV
1Then Job replied:
2“Even today my complaint is bitter;
3If only I knew where to find Him;
if only I could go to His dwelling!
4I would state my case before Him
and fill my mouth with arguments.
5I would find out what He would answer me,
and consider what He would say to me.
6Would He vigorously oppose me?
No, He would not press charges against me.
7There the upright can establish their innocence before Him,
and there I would be delivered forever from my judge.
8“But if I go to the east, He is not there;
if I go to the west, I do not find Him.
9When He is at work in the north, I do not see Him;
when He turns to the south, I catch no glimpse of Him.
10But He knows the way that I take;
when He has tested me, I will come forth as gold.
11My feet have closely followed His steps;
I have kept to His way without turning aside.
12I have not departed from the commands of His lips;
I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my daily bread.
13“But He stands alone, and who can oppose Him?
He does whatever He pleases.
14He carries out His decree against me,
and many such plans He still has in store.
15That is why I am terrified before Him;
when I think of all this, I fear Him.
16God has made my heart faint;
the Almighty has terrified me.
17Yet I am not silenced by the darkness,
by the thick darkness that covers my face.
Job appeals from his friends to the just judgment of God. He wants to have his cause tried quickly. Blessed be God, we may know where to find him. He is in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself; and upon a mercy-seat, waiting to be gracious. The sinner may go there; and the believer may order his cause before Him, with arguments taken from His promises, His covenant, and His glory.
In this chapter;
I. He complains of his miserable condition, and especially of God's withdrawing from him, so that he could not get his appeal heard (v. 2-5), nor discern the meaning of God's dealings with him (v. 8, 9), nor gain any hope of relief (v. 13, 14). This made deep impressions of trouble and terror upon him (v. 15-17). But,
II. In the midst of these complaints he comforts himself with the assurance of God's clemency (v. 6, 7), and his own integrity, which God Himself was a witness to (v. 10-12).
Such was the light of his day like that spoken of, Zechariah 14:7;
“It will be a unique day--a day known only to the LORD--with no distinction between day and night.”
It will happen that at evening time it shall be light; after this day is over, which is neither clear nor dark, there will be an evening time; things will be worse with us than they are; the sun will be set; Christ will be withdrawn in the ministry of the word; His witnesses will be slain and silenced; great coldness and lukewarmness will seize upon believers; great darkness of error will spread itself everywhere; great sleepiness and security will fall upon all the virgins waiting for the Lord’s Return, and there will be great distress of nations; and, when it will be feared and expected that greater darkness and distress still are coming on, “Light” will break forth; deliverance and salvation will be done; the light of the Gospel will break forth, and spread itself everywhere; the light of joy and gladness will arise to all the saints, and it will be a time of great spiritual peace, prosperity, and happiness.
Isaiah 60:20, interprets it there shall be no succession of day and night, but all day; at evening it shall be light; no calamity nor sorrow; Christ the Light, and Sun of Righteousness, will break out in a glorious and spiritual manner.