Job looks at his life and knows he is a good man as far as men go. Yet when he looks at his life in light of what he knows about God he is broken. Circumstances aside, he knows he is guilty before a Holy God. Job pleads for someone to stand in the gap.
“If only there were someone to arbitrate between us, to lay his hand upon us both, someone to remove God’s rod from me so that his terror would frighten me no more. Then I would speak up without fear of him. But as it now stands with me, I cannot.” (9:32-35)
Job cries out for Jesus without knowing his name. As a follower of Christ I have a great High Priest, a Mediator, One who goes to the Father on my behalf. One who presents me faultless before the throne and invites me to come boldly.
It’s not that I have a free pass. In fact, the cost of my access to Almighty God was so high I couldn’t pay it. But Jesus did. Jesus stands with one hand on my shoulder and the other on the Father’s. And all I had to do to receive this incredible privilege was to accept his grace, knowing He paid what I could not.