Genesis to Job. That's at least what my current Bible reading schedule says. I've been amazed again recently realizing all Job went through. 9:32-35 really popped out at me last night in the NIV:
32 "[God] is not a man like me that I might answer Him,
that we might confront each other in court.
33 If only there were someone to arbitrate between us,
to lay his hand upon us both,
34 someone to remove God's rod from me,
so that His terror would frighten me no more.
35 Then I would speak up without fear of Him,
but as it now stands with me, I cannot."
Do these verses strike you the way they did me? Job wished he could just go and talk with God face to face. He longed to be able to boldly approach Him. He longed for someone to mediate/go between and take the wrath of God... And Christ did it! Jesus Christ is that one Mediator between God and man who bore the wrath of God, dispelling it forever, and opened up the access whereby we may boldly approach the throne of grace and find mercy to help in time of need.
Ultimately God did speak with Job and led him through all his trials, but I can't help thinking if I really realize what a privilege it actually is for me to come before the God of heaven without fear of being destroyed. Wow! Thank You, Jesus, for all You've done! Help me not to be so half-hearted and apathetic about Your work. Help me to really realize how awesome a privilege is mine.
Where Job said, "I cannot," I now through Christ can say, "I can!"