In the book of Job, Bildad, one of Job’s friends, tells Job, “God does not reject one who is blameless or strengthen the hands of evildoers” (Job 8:20 NIV). Job agrees with Bildad and asks a question.

“Indeed, I know that this is true. But how can mere mortals prove their innocence before God?”

Job 9:2 (NIV)

Job’s question reminds me of this verse from Romans.

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

Romans 3:23 (NIV)

Job goes on to describe the majestic power and awesomeness of God. Mentioning several times that even if someone were innocent before God, they couldn’t stand before him. Then, in Job 9:32, he says something interesting.

He is not a mere mortal like me that I might answer him, that we might confront each other in court. If only there were someone to mediate between us, someone to bring us together, 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.

Job 9:32-35 (NIV)

The type of mediation Job refers to in these verses is one in which either of the two parties could be guilty. This, of course, is impossible with God since he is perfect. However, these verses do remind me of someone; Jesus Christ.

In Job’s day, Jesus had not yet been glorified, so there was no one to serve as a mediator between Job and God. Later, Moses and the Levitical priesthood came along, but they were also insufficient. As Christians, we can go to God without being afraid. Hebrews gives us this promise.

Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

Hebrews 4:14-16 (NIV)

Indeed, 1 Timothy 2 assures us that we have a mediator to stand before God and us.

For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus.

1 Timothy 2:5 (NIV)

We need never be like Job, wondering what we did wrong and crying out for some sort of savior because we have Jesus. We need never feel helpless or hopeless because we can always go to God regardless of the circumstances.

However, if you do not yet know Jesus, you will stand before God alone on the day of judgment. If you don’t know Jesus and would like to, pray this prayer of salvation with me.

Lord Jesus, forgive me for all my sins. I repent from my ways. Wash me in your blood and cleanse me from all unrighteousness. I believe that you died on the cross, were buried, and on the third day, God the Father raised you from the dead. Right now, Lord Jesus, I open the door to my heart and receive you into my heart as my Lord and personal Savior. Amen.

If you prayed that prayer, then congratulations! You are on the first step of a brand new life. Allow me to be the first to welcome you to my family, the family of God. There are abundant resources available online for new Christians. You can visit here for more information on what to do next. You can also leave me a comment, and I’ll do my best to help you on the next step of this incredible journey.