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.

2 Chronicles 7:16 Chosen And Consecrated

I have chosen and consecrated this temple so that my Name may be there forever. My eyes and my heart will always be there. 2 Chronicles 7:18

Names to be placed on special buildings are done on a regular basis. Often it is done by someone who has paid a huge amount of the expense to have the building built and desire their name to be upon it. Having one’s name on it is giving approval for that building and what goes on inside of it, and also gives honor to the one whose name is on it.

After Solomon dedicated the new temple of God, God came to him and told him that He had chosen and consecrated this temple so that His name would be there forever and that He would keep His eyes and ears on it.

The world loves to have their name known as someone special. Those who are extremely wealthy desire to get their name out there on things that are permanent and will continue to bring in more wealth. However, all of this is for self and is selfish.

Every person who has chosen to repent and believe in Jesus has become a new creation; they are a new building–the temple of God. This is all done by the choosing of God. It is God who calls a person to repentance and the person accepts the call. Once accepted, God then consecrates the person, removing all sin and making him the new temple of God.

As the temple of God believers carry the name of One who is greater than any person that has ever walked upon the earth. God, the creator of the universe and all that is in it, has chosen to place His name upon the believer for all eternity.

Before you became a believer God chose you to be one of His children. The moment you chose to accept God’s call for repentance and belief in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior you became a new temple of God.

The process of God consecrating you to be holy and righteous began upon your repentance and belief. He is working in your life to make you more like Jesus every day. His name now rests upon you for all the world to see for all eternity. God is keeping an eye on you and is listening for your call to Him, since His name is now on you.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know you are a temple of God; that you will allow God to consecrate you to be holy and righteous for His namesake; and that you will know His presence in your life each and every day.

Leviticus 22:32 It Is God Who Makes You Holy

Do not profane my holy name, for I must be acknowledged as holy by the Israelites. I am the Lord, who made you holy Leviticus 22:32

Being able to accomplish something on their own is what most people like to strive for. Praise is often given for those who are self-made millionaires. It displays hard work and dedication to succeed when it appears that they did it on their own.

No one can really succeed completely on his own. Everyone needs at least some help from others to make it big. Some will recognize this, but many do not.

God reminds the people to not profane His holy name, because He must be acknowledged as holy and is the One who made them holy.

Throughout the church there are many people who take great pride in following the rules and commands of God in their life. They feel as if they are holy because of all the things that they do in obeying God.

While obeying God is great, it is not what makes one holy before God. From the moment a person sins one time as a child, he is no longer holy and can never be holy in his own abilities or power. There is a death sentence upon his head for the rest of eternity, unless removed by God.

The Israelites, under the law, had to offer certain sacrifices in order to be made holy. When the sacrifice was offered, God made them holy, not the work that they did.

Jesus, dying upon the cross and raising from the dead, became the sacrifice for all mankind. It is by His sacrificial blood that any person is made holy. All a person must do is believe in Jesus, repent of his sins and God will make him holy, not his own personal sacrifices.

Nothing you can personally do will ever make you holy before God. Sin has infected your life and will keep you from ever being holy on your own.

The good news is that Jesus can make you holy. Turn away from sin, so that you do not profane God’s holy name, believe in Jesus and allow Him to make you holy by removing all of your sin.

Once your sins are removed, live in the holiness God has given you. Begin to obey His commands and flee from all sin. Be holy as He is holy.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know the forgiveness of sins Jesus offers; that you will allow Jesus to make you holy; that you will live a holy life as God has called you to live; and that you will trust God for your holiness.