Tuesday, December 20
Yesterday, we tackled Bildad’s question to Job about the righteousness of man before a Holy God. With a new frame of mind, we can answer and confidently place these words of Job in our heart:
“I will maintain my innocence and never let go of it; my conscience will not reproach me as long as I live.” – Job 27:6
Our conscience, our friends, and our family are not our judge, only the Lord God Almighty. If he has made us new through repentance, then that we are indeed. Do we continue in sin? NO! (Rom 6:1). Do we walk around saying, “You are not my judge!” NO! (Heb 10:24) We become part of the church, pray, study, do good works, give cheerfully, share His good news, not to earn merit badges for the Kingdom of God but as loving and faithful acts of a pardoned people. No matter our past or present circumstance we must not conceal what God is/can do in us. Today, you can move forward declare and renew your innocence through Him.
“I will teach you about the power of God; the ways of the Almighty I will not conceal” – Job 27:11
Along the same vein, another reflection for today comes from the second half of today’s reading (Job 29 – 30). Job essentially is contemplating the “good ole days”, before his fortunes turned south. The power, the respect, the friends, and the wealth he once enjoyed all are gone. While our fall might not equal Job’s, far too often when things take a turn for the worse, we quickly forget about the faithfulness of God. We become as the children of Israel, longing to return to slavery so our belly can be momentarily filled. (Ex 14:20) We cry out, “God, why have you taken this from me?” yet we forget who gave it to us in the first place.
Your present life may not include the finite features of your past. Death, debt, despair, and destruction may have become more commonplace; however, there is one infinite feature that is constant: the love and faithfulness of an unchanging God. Look upon the past not to remind you of the “good ole days,” but of his enduring faithfulness; use the lamp unto your feet to know that your future is secure, no matter what life’s storms may bring.