“What is my strength, that I should wait? And what is my end, that I should be patient?” (v11). Job felt like his strength was already gone, and yet he didn’t see the end of his troubles. He wanted to lean on his friends, but they had nothing to offer: “you see my calamity and are afraid” (v21). Job’s situation confounded their simplistic view of good deeds producing a good life. Therefore, they avoided dealing directly with him (v28-29). Job felt abandoned.
“Have I any help in me …?” (v13). Our own resources are limited, and our friends are only human. But we know “the Father of mercies and God of all comfort” (2 Cor 1:3).