Job 25:4 How Can One Be Righteous?

How then can man be righteous before God? Or how can he be pure who is born of a woman? Job 25:4

It is common for most people to desire to be better at whatever they do. Many will choose to ask questions or look at how to do something better, faster, easier, or some other way than the way they have been doing it. Some will want to be the best at what they are doing instead of just being mediocre with everyone else. Although in most things people can become better, there are some things that need outside help.

Bildad asks Job the question of how a man can be righteous and pure before God.

When a person is looking at himself in light of someone who is extremely good at something, it is difficult for that person to see how that level can be attained. It can be very discouraging, because there does not appear to be any hope, only failure or shortcoming.

Anyone who compares himself to God will begin to see a vast difference. God is perfect in every way. There is no sin or darkness in Him. Yet, His followers are expected to be righteous before Him, with no sin at all.

On one’s own, living a perfect holy and righteous life before God is completely impossible. Once a person has sinned, there is no hope of being perfectly righteous before God on one’s own work.

This is where the person needs to take on the righteousness that Jesus provided on the cross. His death and resurrection allow Him to take away all sin and make a person fully righteous before God. Living and walking in faith in what Jesus did, provided and commanded will allow a person to be righteous before God.

God has called you to live a righteous and holy life before Him and all the world. Your life is to be a witness of who He is and what He has done for you.

Jesus has provided the way for you to live that life God has called you to live. He has taken away all of your sin and given you a new life. Instead of living in your own way or as the world lives, choose to live as Christ lived and given you the power and ability to live. Walk in the holiness and righteousness Jesus gave you.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will take on the righteousness of Jesus; that God will give you strength to turn away from all sin; and that the world will see you live for God in every area of your life.

Job 24:24 Life On Earth Is Temporary

They are exalted for a little while, then they are gone. They are brought low; they are taken out of the way like all others; they dry out like heads of grain. Job 24:24

Wealth, fame and position are things that people seek, desire and fight for. Each of these are all temporary. It raises a person up to a higher level of status in this world. During that rise, it can appear that it will last for a long time or even eternity, but it is only temporary. Not only are those things temporary, but so are also the people themselves.

After Job points out things that people do that are evil and appear to get away with, he also points out that they are exalted for a short time. Then they are brought low and removed, just like everyone else and they dry out like grain and die.

The majority of people in this world seek to have things and positions to make themselves feel important or successful. Many will work hard, long hours to get the things that they desire. Often many will sacrifice family and friends and some personal pleasures in order to get what is desired.

Once these desires are achieved, many feel accomplished. However, those desires are often very temporary. At a minimum their lives are temporary. All of their money, status or position, is temporary. They rise for a short time, then all will die.

Upon death, then comes the reality of what is really important, whether the person was a follower of Jesus and had all sins forgiven and life given. None of those things, statuses or positions will mean anything any longer. They will pass away from this life only to step into eternity, either in heaven or hell based upon whether sins are forgiven or not.

In this life you may have accomplished some great task, risen to some high position, or gained some great wealth. While all of these things feel good right now, they are temporary. Your life on this earth is temporary. At some point you will die and all of your things and positions will fade away.

When you die you will have to face God for judgement on your life. The judgement is whether your sins have been forgiven or not. This makes the judgement of where you will spend the rest of eternity. Life is short, make it count for God and eternity.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will live your life on earth for God; that you will seek the things of God that will last for eternity; and that you will not get caught up in the temporary things of this world.

Job 23:12 Treasure His Words

I have not departed from the commandment of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food. Job 23:12

Going through life people will treasure different things and often differently during various times in their life. Some will treasure non-material things such as their family and friends, while others treasure physical things such as their money, house, car and more.

The things that people treasure they will spend their most time, effort and money on to have and keep. Other things will often get forsaken or left aside in order to have what they treasure.

Job said that he did not turn away from God’s commands but treasured the words of God even more than needed food.

One thing that every person needs to survive is food. Without food, one will get weak very quickly and be susceptible to sickness. Given enough time without any food at all, one will die.

Yet as important as food is, there is one thing that is even more important. That one thing is obeying God’s commands. In order to obey God’s commands, one has to first treasure them.

The commands of God have to become extremely important or else one will not be able to even begin to really obey them. As soon as a person does not choose to treasure the commands and word of God, that person will choose to step into sin against God.

Choosing to obey God’s commands must take such a priority in the believer’s life that the believer would be willing to go without the needed food for survival rather than disobeying God. One would rather die, than disobey God’s commands. This is what Jesus was saying when one must take up his cross and follow Him.

You most likely have many different things in your life that you treasure. Many of those things may be good to have and desire. And most likely you enjoy eating food, or at least some types of food.

Although these things may be good and acceptable, what is your greatest treasure in your life? Allow yourself to treasure God’s word and obeying God’s word above everything and anything in your life. Without God and His word, you really have nothing of value. Most everything else will fade away, but God and His word will never depart or fade.

What do you treasure today?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know God’s word and commands to you; that you will treasure God’s word in your heart; that you will live by God’s commands; and that you will seek to obey God’s word over anything else in your life.