Job begins to wish that as things once were, they could be that way again. He was a man recognized for his wisdom and charity; now he is a man who feels as though the Lord is against him (C-29). Those who once honored Job now look upon him much differently; presumably they have come to interpret Job’s experiences as though the Lord was against him, and they should be also (C-30). Job brings his words to a close in what many consider to be a great statement on personal ethics (cf. Shackelford, p. 348). In this chapter Job puts his life before others, including the Lord, to judge; if he is guilty of anything that he mentioned he would then be will to suffer. As he previously said, however, he is not guilty of doing wrong like others have ascribed (C-31).
Application. A life without regret is clearly a life worth living. Have you any regrets in your life? I do! Life is still worth living because of Him who has gone before me to pave the path that I could not pave. If not for the mercy of the Lord, if not for the love of Christ, if not for the seal of the Holy Spirit, where could I go? A favorite song of mine is “His Grace Reaches me.” It is a moving song for me and they are many times when I have to pause in the singing of it – but I love the song.