The Middleman (Job 9:33)


The sound was accompanied with a violent shake of the unit in my building. What happened? Did a truck back into the building? I scampered to the front of the office and peered outside the door and recognized a car that belonged to the courier of a reference laboratory for which I do contracted work. He was standing outside of his car, obviously shaken and apologized to me before I even asked him what happened.

“I am so sorry. I thought I put my car in park, however, when I got out of the car to get your cases, the car was still in drive and it went forward and slammed into your garage door.”

We both looked at the dented metal door, testifying to the impact of the car. “Oh my. Are you okay?”

He nodded. “Just shaken up. I’m calling my car insurance right now.”

I returned to my office and thought about my next course of action. He was not my employee and I was leasing my office space. I immediately notified the reference laboratory about the incident and then sent an email to my landlord. Meanwhile, the courier gave me some additional information from his insurance company. “Ok, someone will be contacting you. Here is the reference number.”

I thanked him but had an uneasy feeling that I would be stuck being the middleman. Sure enough, after sending several additional emails to the laboratory, my landlord, and the driver’s insurance company, pleading for action, there was no response. The end of the day was quickly approaching and there was no way to secure this garage door, leaving my office vulnerable to theft. I made several phone calls and finally, at the end of the day, a repair person arrived and fixed the door. I was thankful but frustrated, aware that had I not kept persisting, the repair would not have occurred in a timely manner. I needed someone else to intervene on my behalf. I did not want to be the middleman. 

Job understood this frustration. In a brief period of time, his wealth, family, and health were taken from him. Although his friends attempted to help him understand his plight, he remained frustrated, pleading with God to enlighten him for the reasons why he was suffering. He needed a middleman, a mediator between himself and God. His plaintive cry was recorded.

If only there were a mediator between us, someone who could bring us together. 

Job 9:33 (NLT)

Being the middleman may be a frustrating and hapless position, particularly when we are suffering through difficult life situations. With my recent encounter, I would have welcomed another to take my place as a middleman. Thankfully, it was resolved and while the consequences could have been costly, it was not life threatening. However, there are some situations we face in life where the outcome could be much more dire and costly. The most important life situation we will all face is the decision we need to make for our spiritual destiny. How do we restore the relationship with God that our sins have broken? How do we find forgiveness for our sins? Job asked this same question. Thousands of years later, God dramatically answered Job’s prayer.

For, there is one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus. 

1 Timothy 2:5 (NLT)

Only Jesus Christ can intervene between God and man. Through the power of the Resurrection, He conquered death and lives eternally to forgive our sins and reconcile us with God, our Creator. 

Jesus Christ is the only middleman we need because He is the true mediator and our Messiah.


Love and trust in the Lord; seek His will in your life.

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