Most people know the story of Job from the Bible.  There is the story of patient suffering of a man who really loved God with all of his heart, soul, mind, and strength and was willing to go through anything for his God.  There is the story of Job’s wife who didn’t have his tremendous faith, who didn’t quite understand his love for his God, and wanted him to curse the God that he loved.  There is the story of his friends who also didn’t understand his faith and didn’t understand that suffering and trials do not necessarily come because we have done anything wrong;  they weren’t very wise in God’s ways and didn’t understand that, sometimes God puts us through trials to turn us into better people, because there is something in suffering that unlocks tremendous spiritual wisdom, breaks down Satanic strongholds, and pushes us beyond our endurance to the point where we are humbled, totally reliant on God, and malleable to His teaching.  Then there is the story of God ending Job’s suffering and returning His favor to Job’s life.

But there is a story that most people miss.  People always look at the story of Job as the story of a faithful man that did great things for God.  But they miss the part where Job, like all of us, turned out to have his faults.  As I’ve stated before, the Bible is not the story of what great people did for God, but rather, it is the story of what great things our Tremendous and Amazing God did for very flawed people.  Like the rest of us, Job too had his faults.  There is no perfect human being and there never has been besides our Jesus.  After being falsely accused by his false friends, Job begins to answer them in Job 26.  Most would not find anything wrong with Job’s words until Elihu steps in and begins to critique Job’s words beginning in Job 32.  And what was Job’s chief fault?  Elihu recognized that Job, like all men, had a problem with pride:  “because he justified himself rather than God.”  Regardless of how righteously we may live, none of us is completely free of fault.  Even though we may do all the right things, we can never do enough, because all of our righteousness is done in sin until God steps in and puts His Holy Spirit within us at the moment of salvation, at the moment that we accept Jesus into our hearts.

From that moment on, our deeds can now be done with God’s Power and with God’s Wisdom, and these deeds will no longer come out of a heart that is stained with sin, so that these deeds can now be pleasing in His Sight and be counted to our credit.  But because everything is now done with a purified spirit and because everything is done in His Wisdom and His Power, He gets all the glory.  There is nothing we can boast of since we received everything.  Only God gets the glory.  So whether we are saved or lost, there is nothing we can boast in.  Even if we are as righteous as Job was, we have absolutely nothing to boast in.  Moreover, who are we to try and justify ourselves before God.  Compared to His Purity and Holiness, we are absolutely nothing.  So any man or woman coming to God can only come rightfully in one way, in humility, with the understanding that, “Who am I compared to You oh Perfect God?”  In the end, none of us is righteous, not even Job. 

I pray that you will walk with our God righteously, saved by His Blessed Son Jesus, washed in the Blood of this Perfect Lamb, Who was Sacrificed on the Cross for our sins.  And if you are already saved by Him, I pray that you will enjoy His Perfect Peace and His Fellowship, walking in His Wonderful Love and Pleasure.

 


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05/10/2016 4:47am

The educated person will give the justification in any kind of work. Which means that the first justification can be going on the behalf on the main logic. So it means that the educated person is going to give for the good justification in different ways.

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    I'm a retired soldier, having spent 23 years of my life serving our country, actually 30 years when you count the reserve and National Guard time as well.  I believe in servant leaders, following the example of our Lord, and I believe in giving back to the troops once one has attained a certain status or level of success in life.  But I also believe in fighting back against corruption and incompetence wherever you find it if it hurts people.  Our national values were worth dying for.  They are also worth living for.  A man or woman can actually live a life by these principles of humility, service, love, duty, and honor, and have a significant impact on the world around them...if you have the dedication to see it through. 

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