Most of us would consider ourselves above reproach and people of integrity. If however, we were to stand before God on our own merits, the verdict would not be in our favor. In our reading today, Job wanted to face his accuser. Our accuser has already been defeated by Jesus and through Him, we can be sinless in the eyes of God.
If only someone would listen to me! Look, I will sign my name to my defense. Let the Almighty answer me. Let my accuser write out the charges against me. Job 31:35
Job had just about had it from his so-called friends. Not only were they criticizing him, but he was also receiving ridicule from others in the village where he lived. In chapter 30 verse 1, listen to how Job described them.
But now I am mocked by people younger than I, by young men whose fathers are not worthy to run with my sheepdogs. Job 30:1
Job was a good example to everyone. Also, he was an elder who was looked up to by all his neighbors. And listen to how God described him to Satan.
God Bragged on Job
He is the finest man in all the earth and blameless—a man of complete integrity. He fears God and stays away from evil.” Job 1:8
Job was however, in pain and the conversation he with his friends, frustrated him. At the beginning of today’s chapter he said;
For what has God above chosen for us? What is our inheritance from the Almighty on high? Isn’t it calamity for the wicked and misfortune for those who do evil? Doesn’t he see everything I do and every step I take? Job 31:2-4
Then from verses 5 through 34, Job made quite a case for himself in defending his innocence. (Read these verses in chapter 31) He definitely wanted his day before the high court of heaven with the written charges from his accuser. He was so sure of himself, he continued by saying the following.
I would face the accusation proudly, I would wear it like a crown. For I would tell him exactly what I have done and I would come before him like a prince. Job 31:36-37
Did Job deserve the things he was going through? Absolutely not. He was a respected and revered man before this ordeal. In chapter 9, he hit the nail on the head about what he needed. I have written a related post that you can read called, We Have the Mediator that Job Never Had.
Sinless in the Eyes of God
We can make the same statement today? “If only someone would listen to me!” Fortunately, someone did listen and signed his name to our defense.
The accuser has brought charges against us. Unlike Job, we stand guilty of those charges. We, however, have a mediator who stands between us and our accuser and between us and the Judge. Today we don’t have to wear our accusations like a crown. Because of Jesus our Mediator, we can proudly wear a crown of victory.
For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And it was not paid with mere gold or silver, which lose their value. It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God. 1 Peter 1:18-19
Lord, in my eyes and my accuser’s eyes, I am not sinless. But in your eyes, I have been redeemed by the blood of your Son Jesus. He has washed all of my sins away.
More on evangelism can be read at this post called How To Reach Lost People For The Kingdom Of God.
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