Often, on the street you hear statements like, there was only one perfect man (referring to Jesus of course). While in a sense this is true, that is Jesus was the only one who ever lived His life without flaw. Still, usually, when they say this it is implying that you cannot obey God today. Well, let me introduce you to Job!
God, in His Word, referred to Job as perfect and upright three times, it says he sinned not twice. We look at Job's friends and see many of the same reactions we get today when street preaching. Job's friends knew some things that were true of God, still they twisted those things to suit their own comfort. They believed if you lived holy you would never suffer, for they believed all rewards/ punishments were in this life. If Job who appeared to them to be upright (God said he was) suffered such cruel losses and pain, what hope did they have?
A man after God's own heart suffers graciously. God suffers alongside His saints and He does so graciously, He never flies off the handle under pressure. We ought to walk as Jesus walked. Job understood that sin causes destruction, this was why he was found making intercession for his children and pleaded continually that God would examine and show him his sin. In this case sin was NOT the issue, it was his obedience which was being tested. Job said rightfully, rebuking his wife, "We receive good at the hand of God shall we not receive evil?"
Job understood true humility and as it usually goes they called him self righteous.
"Though I were perfect, yet I would not know my soul: I would despise my life."-Job 9:21
God called him perfect and Job did not know it, he wasn't aware of himself. He was striving for the strait gate, and by doing so he knew he could trust God!
We can see so many lessons in this great book of wisdom. One day I hope to do a series on the book of Job, but much more study will take place before then. This week we gleaned the surface of chapter 13-14 and brought it into light with other Scripture throughout the book.
I hope this blesses you!
Ps. 19:1-5; Jb. 13; 14; 1:1, 5,8,22; 2:3, 10-13; 9:19-22; 19:25
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