In Job 27, Job goes on speaking in his own defense. He speaks as one who has authority and commands his listeners with the very truth of God.
And Job again took up his discourse, and said:
2 “As God lives, who has taken away my right,
and the Almighty, who has made my soul bitter,
3 as long as my breath is in me,
and the spirit of God is in my nostrils,
4 my lips will not speak falsehood,
and my tongue will not utter deceit.
5 Far be it from me to say that you are right;
till I die I will not put away my integrity from me.
6 I hold fast my righteousness and will not let it go;
my heart does not reproach me for any of my days. ~Job 27:1-6
Job continues to speak highly and confidently of a God who has not yet surfaced for him in the midst of his pain. He maintains his integrity and refutes the false charges of hypocrisy against himself. He refuses to falsely accuse himself as all of his friends insisted he do. He refuses to curse God and betray himself, even if his resolve to fight on brings him to his very death.
Job’s conscience was his one last comfort. He would be a fool to forsake it in exchange for the false charges of his friends. Job may be lied to and about, but he will not adopt a mentality of deceit or succumb to believe lies of himself. Such is Satan’s best attempt to belabor a believer.
Job goes on to explain the very reasons why he could assure himself and his friends that he was most certainly not what they said and thought of him – namely a hypocrite.
– Hypocrites have no hope; Job never gave up.
– Hypocrites’ prayers go unheard; Job trusted despite God’s silence.
– A hypocrite’s religion is useless and unhelpful; Job’s gave comfort and hope.
Furthermore, Job proves that he does not disagree with these men on matters of truth. Of course the wicked will come to ruin. Be it in this life or the next, there is no doubt regarding God’s justice in Job’s mind. Hypocrites are to be pitied above all men! Job certainly agrees.
In this, Job proves he is neither unreasonable nor heretical, but that he is, and always has, accepted what is actually true without exception.
One has to wonder if Job would have been better off if his friends had never even shown up. It’s one thing to live through the kind of pain he experienced; it’s another to be repeatedly questioned, attacked, and falsely accused while bearing it. Compounded miseries are most severe.
And those who passed by derided him, wagging their heads 40 and saying, “You who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save yourself! If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross.”41 So also the chief priests, with the scribes and elders, mocked him, saying, 42 “He saved others; he cannot save himself. He is the King of Israel; let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him.43 He trusts in God; let God deliver him now, if he desires him. For he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’” 44 And the robbers who were crucified with him also reviled him in the same way. ~Matthew 27:39-44
When every comfort is removed, every voice condemns, and all signs point to utter defeat, look at Jesus. Paste his image over the bloody battle in you mind and consider him. Surely the Man of Sorrows will comfort us in this wretched war we call life.