“But He has made me a byword of the people, And I have become one in whose face men spit.
How much lower can a man possibly get? Job had become a byword among the people, one in whose face men would spit. I can think of few things more degrading than having someone spit in your face. Sometimes the Lord will allows us to be forsaken by men in order that we might be drawn to Him. He loves us so much that He will do most anything to cause us to draw near to Him.
1 Then Bildad the Shuhite answered and said: 2 “How long till you put an end to words? Gain understanding, and afterward we will speak.
Bildad is still holding on to the fact that there must be something that Job did wrong in order to go through all he is going through. This is a false concept of God. God is interested in developing our characters in order that we might know Him more intimately and thereby be used more effectively for Him. He allows sufferring for this end. We must trust the spiritual truth that, “all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28).
My breath is offensive to my wife, And I am repulsive to the children of my own body. 18 Even young children despise me; I arise, and they speak against me. 19 All my close friends abhor me, And those whom I love have turned against me.
There is no doubt that this kind of rejection would be unbearable. There are few things more grievous than being rejected by those whom you love. We must always remember that we are never alone in our rejection, for Jesus was rejected in the same manner. Isaiah 53:3 tells us, “He (Jesus) is despised and rejected by men, A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.”
For I know that my Redeemer lives, And He shall stand at last on the earth; 26 And after my skin is destroyed, this I know, That in my flesh I shall see God,
This is one of the most amazing verses in the Book of Job. In the midst of tremendous suffering, where it would seem like there was no hope for Job, he finds hope in a Redeemer…he finds hope in Jesus. I believe that every man’s search for spiritual truth, every man’s search for answers in the spiritual realm will always lead to Jesus. Why? Because He alone is the one who can deliver us from the misery of our sin and the consequences of living in a fallen world. It is not so much about what we are receiving here on earth, but more importantly that which we will receive after this flesh is destroyed. The longer I live, the more I look forward to that day.