Job Chapter Nine part 3, A study of Job 9:13, Job 9:14 & 15, and Job 9:16 - 18

Job 9:13

"'God does not restrain his anger; even the cohorts of Rahab cowered at his feet.'" NIV translation

Job continues to answer Bildad and uses an example from the history of Israel as "Rahab" refers to Egypt and the arrogance that Pharaoh showed in refusing to listen to God's instructions. Even with this example, we see that Job did not see the whole story as God did restrain His anger. Job saw that example as only wrath but He did not see the fact that God allowed Pharaoh ten chances to comply even when He could have simply imposed His will at the beginning. 

Job 9:14 & 15

"'How then can I dispute with him? How can I find the words to argue with him? Though I were innocent, I could not answer him; I could only plead with my Judge for mercy.'" NIV translation

Job gets to the right answer (God's mercy) but he still holds out the possibility of innocence before God. This self-righteous attitude is bordering on the arrogance that Pharaoh displayed as Job speaks of arguing and disputing with God.

Job 9:16 - 18

"'Even if I summoned him and he responded, I do not believe he would give me a hearing. He would crush me with a storm and multiply my wounds for no reason. He would not let me catch my breath but would overwhelm me with misery.'" NIV translation

Now, Job has seriously crossed a line as he says that God would "multiply my wounds for no reason" instead of listening to Job's plea. He is now questioning the justice of God and, in doing so, is elevating himself to a position that is higher than God. Job speaks of misery and he was surely in a lot of physical misery but even worse is the spiritual misery that is described in this passage. This spiritual misery is the constant fear of doing something that will bring on the wrath of God in his life and it is a direct result of forgetting about God's goodness.

The same sort of spiritual misery is evident in the lives of many Christians as they walk around worried about doing something that would cause them to "lose their salvation". We are reminded of the fact that God called us to a life of freedom in Jesus Christ instead of a life of fear and He has given us the Holy Spirit to reassure us of our status with Him. "Spiritual misery" does not have to be a part of our lives if we will choose to remember the goodness of God.