Job 9:1-2 How Can One Be Righteous?

Then Job answered and said: “Truly I know it is so, but how can a man be righteous before God?” Job 9:1-2

Questions on how to do something are constantly being asked by people all over the world. Everyday millions of people pull up Google asking questions about nearly anything and everything imaginable. Millions of videos are made annually on how to do nearly anything someone would desire to do. People like to do things on their own and seek ways to accomplish it. While most questions are physical in nature, some deal with the spiritual realm of life.

Job answers Bildad with a question of how a man can be righteous before God.

Job was living in a time when the people were under the Law of God. Everything was do or die. The moment one sinned against God there was a death sentence upon their head. There did not appear to be a way in which a person could truly be righteous before God.

The question he asked is still commonly asked to this day. Once a person realizes what it means to be righteous and how much one sins every day, one begins to question how he could ever be righteous before God.

The good news is that Jesus made a way for a person to be righteous before God. This was something Job did not have access to. Jesus came to the earth, lived a perfect, sinless life and then died upon the cross to pay for the sins of every person. Once He rose from the dead, He removed those sins and gives the believer the power to live a holy and righteous life through Him by the power of the Holy Spirit inside.

Jesus provided the ability to live righteously, and the Holy Spirit guides the believer to live righteously.

You may look at your life and everything that you have done wrong and ask yourself the same question as Job did. It may look hopeless to you and that you are just a failure and will never live the righteous life Jesus called you to live.

Do not give up. Take hold of what Jesus has done and given you. Allow the Holy Spirit to change you from the inside out, making you into a new creation who lives the holy and righteous life God called you to live.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will put on the righteousness that Jesus has provided; that you will be led by the Holy Spirit in how to live a holy life; that you will allow God to change you into a new creation for His glory; and that God will give you strength to overcome sin in your life.

John 1: 38 What Do You Want?

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Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, “What do you want?” They said, “Rabbi” (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying?” John 1:38

One day as John the Baptist and two of his disciples were walking, they saw Jesus. John pointed to Jesus and told them that He was the Lamb of God. The disciples immediately left him and began to follow Jesus. When Jesus saw them, He asked them what they wanted and they asked Him where He lived. Jesus invited them to come and see.

When one person follows another person around, there is usually a reason. They are wanting something. What they want may be different for each person, but usually it is they want to know the person more and spend time with that person.

The one being followed has something that the other really wants. It could be money, friendship, experience, authority, position, fame, power or something more. Just being around that person can be an experience to some people.

There a very few people who follow Jesus that do not want something from Him. What that is can be different for each person. It can be healing, provision, blessings, peace, salvation, salvation of a loved one, love, direction and more.

While there is nothing wrong with any of these things or desires, the disciples of John asked something different. They wanted to be where Jesus lived. They wanted to be in His presence and learn from Him.

It is easy to get caught up in asking Jesus for things to make life a little better here on this earth. However, some of those things may not be the most important thing to desire.

Spending time with Jesus is the most important thing that a believer could ever want. Who one is around is who one becomes like. As one spends time with Jesus, he learns about Jesus, becomes more like Jesus, and knows what Jesus wants. In learning all these things he becomes more like Jesus.

If you want to become more like Jesus, seek to spend more time with Him. Find out where He is and follow Him. Take time out of your day to find out what Jesus is saying and doing. Learn to live your life as Jesus lived His.

What do you want from Jesus?

What do you really need from Jesus?

I pray today that you will follow Jesus with all of your heart; that you will seek to be with Jesus all day, everyday; that you will desire His presence above all else; and that you will be His witness in this world.