“As God lives, who has taken away my justice, And the Almighty who has made my soul bitter,” Job 27:2 NKJV
Job maintains his integrity and declares his sincerity in this chapter. That will come later. In verse two Job accuses God of stealing away his justice and making his soul bitter.
I was reminded of something a man I admired said years ago. He told me; “Trials and hardship will either make you bitter or better.” That was a very profound statement. Years later I watched him turn bitter and withdraw from fellowship.
My wife and I had a heated argument. We raised our voices against each other. Since then we went to a farmer’s market together. We ate dinner and bought some fresh fruit. She is making cookies as I type out this message. Am I a hypocrite? Was Job?
My friend says, “We are all a walking contradiction, partly fact and partly fiction.” We all struggle in our relationships. We all miss the mark of total submission to God. We sin, make mistakes, waiver and fail. Some of us do it more than others. That includes me.
The Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart so he would not let the children of Israel leave Egypt. Was God the cause of Pharaoh’s disobedience? No He was not.
The Lord gave the king over to his evil desires. He raised Pharaoh up to a position of great authority to display His power and might. God used the king of Egypt, but Pharaoh had the freedom to choose. The mighty Pharaoh died in his sin!
Job is feeling sorry for himself. In the theater of his mind God has wronged him. Job is bitter and resentful. He blames the Lord for those feelings. But God will not leave him that way!
God called Job His servant. He called Job a blameless and upright man. The Lord knew Job better than he knew himself. God knew Job would make mistakes, waiver, sin and fail. Job is in with Jesus today!
We do not ever want to make excuses for our sin. We should not plan to fail. We must remember to take control of our thoughts so we do not waiver in our faith. It will happen to all of us at one time or another.
Our mistakes, failures and sins are opportunities to receive the grace of God afresh and anew. God will grant the desires of our hearts. The Lord gave us His Word as a promise and a guarantee.
You can maintain your integrity through faith in Jesus Christ! You can declare the sincerity of your heart before the Lord! You can choose to be a servant of Jesus Christ!
When trials and hardship come into your life you can choose to become bitter or better. Let Jesus make you better. Maintain the integrity of your heart through faith in Christ!
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