Job recognizes that human beings are inherently sinful, and he once believed as do his three friends , that suffering is a result of sin. But having searched his own heart, Job cannot find any unconfessed sin in his life. He is certain he has dealt with his sin, confessing, repenting, and making his offerings to God. But his torment and suffering continues and deepens.
Stedman describes Job's dilemma this way:
“Since he (Job) is not aware of any sin in his life and since he continues to undergo suffering, the problem must not lie with Job; the problem must lie with God. Yet God is perfect, wise, and loving – so the problem cannot lie with God. It’s a riddle Job cannot solve. It’s unsolvable, Job says, because he has no way to examine and debate God….There is no arena, no courtroom, where Job could be on an equal footing with God.”
So what are we to do when we find ourselves in such a quandry? When we know that we know, and yet cannot resolve the situation.