Job 16

“Surely now God has worn me out …” (v7). Job acknowledged God’s sovereignty over the world, so he thought his suffering was directly caused by God. “I was at ease, and He broke me apart” (v12). Job’s “miserable comforters” (v2) and their “windy words” did nothing to console him; their insistence that he had brought tragedy upon himself only made him angrier. He felt mistreated, yet he clung to God.

“Even now, behold, my witness is in heaven, and he who testifies for me is on high” (v19). We may not understand the cause or see the answer to our troubles, but we are never alone. Our Advocate in heaven, Jesus, has also suffered, and He intercedes for us.