He also shall be my salvation, For a hypocrite could not come before Him. Job 13:16 NKJV
Job scolds his friends for claiming to represent God. Job makes a profession of His faith in God.
Who can rightfully represent God? What does it mean to be a hypocrite? Who determines if a person is a hypocrite?
Later in this book God will be angry with Job’s friends. He tells Job to pray for them. God forgives their sin. He tells Job to pray for them because Job was called to represent the Lord. People who hear God’s voice and respond in faith represent Jesus today!
Job’s friends were not representing God when they condemned and accused him. They were not speaking God’s word. They were speaking from the flesh. They were denying the grace of God by putting more faith in human effort than God’s goodness!
In chapter 13 verse 15 Job says, Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him. Even so, I will defend my own ways before Him.
It is impossible to be a hypocrite when we trust God even though He seems to be punishing us. We all make choices and mistakes that appear to contradict our faith. That is when our faith in the grace of God must be stronger than our faith in human effort!
God called David a man after His own heart. It is not because David never made choices that contradicted his faith in God. It is not because he never made mistakes that contradicted his faith. It is because David put more trust in God than his own effort.
David knew God loved him. When David sinned he bowed his heart before the Lord in repentance. When God rebuked David he accepted the justness of God’s judgment.
David loved God. He professed his faith in ways that encourage us. It is far too easy for us to read about David’s mistakes sins and failures and call him a hypocrite. God didn’t!
How is it possible for us to trust God even if He decided to slay us? The grave cannot hold us. Heaven awaits us. We will be raised up incorruptible Just as Jesus was!
The Apostle Paul said to live is Christ and to die is gain. Death will come for all of us. It may involve pain and suffering. It will lead us into eternal bliss in the presence of a loving God!
Make a profession of your faith in Jesus that will encourage other people. Represent the Lord by sharing His Word with people. Trust God in ways that make it impossible for you to be a hypocrite.
Trust in God’s grace more than your best effort!
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