- God is punishing Job for his sins without letting Job know what those sins are. (Job 13:23)
- God is treating Job like an enemy and has turned His face away from him. (Job 13:24)
- God is pursuing Job when He must have more important things to do. (Job 13:25)
- God is bringing into judgment Job's youthful sins, even though now he is an upright man. (Job 13:26)
- God's punishment of Job is unrelenting, even as he waists away from his affliction. (Job 13:27-28)
We relate to God in many ways. God is our friend: "No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you." (John 15:15) Jesus is our brother: "For both He who sanctifies and those who are sanctified are all from one Father; for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren," (Hebrews 2:11) God is our father: "I ascend to My Father and your Father, and My God and your God." (John 20:17) And He is our Lord and our God: "Thomas answered and said to Him, 'My Lord and my God!' " (John 20:28)
While God is our friend, brother, and father, He is also our Lord and our God. Job had lost some of his reverence for God, some of his fear of God. While God wants to know us intimately, He is still to be feared and reverenced. Familiarity with God should never breed contempt. Job was moving from wisdom to folly in his thinking. Solomon said, "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom" (Proverbs 9:10) When we lose our fear of the Lord, we lose our wisdom. Our minds become foolish and we lose site of the wisdom of God.
In the end, Job will get His wish, God will meet with him and speak with him. Then he will realize how foolish he has been. More on that later.