Monday, December 19
Job is repeatedly told by Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar that it is Job’s actions that have brought this wicked fate upon him. In today’s reading, Bildad poses a question to Job, but really, calls into question the righteousness of every man.
How then can a mortal be righteous before God? How can one born of woman be pure? – Job 25:4
The truth is that Job, his friends, you, and I have all suffered from the same condition. We have sinned: an act of contempt against our Creator. It doesn’t matter if we strayed for a moment or a lifetime, it separates us from a Holy God, and it makes us like maggots clinging to garbage; our righteousness is like filthy rags. (Job 25:6; Isaiah 64:6)
There is nothing that man can do to gain the grace of God. It is a gift that no amount of church attendance, prayer, Bible study, charity, or good work earns. Redemption comes only through our faithful Father’s plan of salvation. (Ephesian 2:8)
The inverse of this is an equally powerful message. No man with the breath of God in his lungs can lose His grace. You cannot be selfish enough, you cannot hate enough, you cannot deny his existence enough, and you cannot curse his grace away; it is there faithfully following and patiently awaiting confession and surrender. (Isaiah 59:1; Romans 8:38-39)
A small glimpse into tomorrow’s reading reveals our new attitude because of this: