Now we hear from Zophar for the first time. As with his two friends, Zophar, actually says some things that are true. Yes, they are true but they just don’t fit this particular situation and don’t give Job the wise counsel and deep comfort that he needs. Nevertheless, sometimes one can find truth in the midst of misapplication.
Zophar says of Job, “Know then that God exacts of you less than your guilt deserves.” (11:6b) What a grand statement about the grace of God and another glimpse of the gospel in Job. Have you ever heard someone say, when asked how they are doing, “Better than I deserve.” I have said it myself at times. It is so true. What do we deserve? We deserve to be put to death (Romans 6:23) for all of eternity because of our sinfulness. We deserve the full and complete wrath of God.
But therein lies the gospel. We do not get eternal death because Jesus got it for us. We do not bear the wrath of God because Jesus bore it for us at the cross. So we get less than we deserve. Amazing grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me!
Prayer: Father, your grace is so abundant. It far exceeds the depth of our sin. Where sin is much, your grace is much more. Thank you, Lord, for grace that pardons our iniquities and grants us peace with you.