As I continue through the book of Job, I am amazed at this man’s righteousness!
Today I want to focus on verses 2 through 6, of Job 27. By this time in the book, Job has experienced more loss and heartache then any of us can imagine. He is completely broken physically, mentally and emotionally and now is confronted by his so-called ‘friends’.
Well as we read, they take turns giving him supposed ‘exhortation’, which ends up being strings of terrible counsel. As if Job was not crushed enough, these men almost finish him off by breaking him spiritually. Yet, just when Job is apparently on the brink of cursing God for his calamity, he replies with this shocking and invigorating statement:
“As surely as God lives, who has denied me justice, the Almighty, who has made me taste bitterness of soul, as long as I have life within me, the breath of God in my nostrils, my lips will not speak wickedness, and my tongue will utter no deceit. I will never admit you are in the right; till I die, I will not deny my integrity. I will maintain my righteousness and never let go of it; my conscience will not reproach me as long as I live.” (Job 27:2-6)
You see, we are tempted in this way all the time! We have so many apparent ‘friends’ that fire us up about all sorts of topics. It may be about our families or our jobs, church involvement or even recreational activities. Regardless, the story’s the same.
Personally, I fail in this area daily! I am so extroverted in nature that the words of someone can spur me on to unrighteous anger almost immediately, and it’s absolutely wrong! Christ calls us to love and choose righteousness in all circumstances; regardless of what we may deserve or should receive.
This week, I implore you, as I implore myself: As we listen to the counsel of our friends and family, let us be sensitive to our emotions. As the sense of entitlement creeps in, let us cry out to the Spirit living within us, that He may assist us in our pursuit for righteousness.
Like Job, may we choose to say “I will maintain my righteousness and never let go of it; my conscience will not reproach me as long as I live.” (27:6)
Originally posted at QuietMorningsWithHim.com by Jeremy Norton.