A Short Study of Job 5:8
“I would seek unto God, and unto God would I commit my cause.”
Eliphaz (unbeknownst to him, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit) had spoken of committing a cause unto God. Committing our cause to Christ requires a Spirit-given knowledge and rest in certain truths:
First, God Almighty “doeth great and unsearchable things” (Job 5:9). These things, concerning the creative, providential, and redemptive work of a holy God toward an elect people, found all foundation and satisfaction in Christ Jesus the Lord.
Secondly, Almighty God is sovereignly ruling all creation. Nature bows to the mighty decree of eternal might. He gives rain upon the earth and water upon the field. Men, by nature, will give somewhat of an agreement to that, but the believer will be convinced and committed to the truth that it is God Who also sets up those that are low and exalts the mourner to safety.
Thirdly, men are totally unable to lift themselves out of the dungheap of sin and depravity. Men meet with darkness in the daytime, or grope in the noonday as in the night. The redeemed sinner sees nothing in any man (leastwise himself) that merits God’s favor.
Fourthly, “but God who is rich in mercy” (Ephesians 2:4) saves the poor (those unable to pay their own debt, who by grace have seen their spiritual poverty) from the rebellion that is within them. These poor have hope. They are redeemed by the blood of God’s Lamb, Christ Jesus the Lord, and now have eternal hope. These elect sinners (those who have been corrected by imputed righteousness from Christ Himself) despise not the chastening of the Almighty. They are happy, for they have now a deliverance wrought in and by God.
By Marvin Stalnaker