Man Is a “Maggot”!
Scripture reading for May 28th: Job 25-28
Job’s friend Bildad, probably inspired by the worms eating at his friend Job’s sores, makes one final attempt to discourage Job. Bildad viewed God as so powerful and beyond man’s comprehension that man could never be considered righteous before Him. He did understand a basic principle of Scripture–original sin. The Bible states that man is sinful from birth. (Job 25:4) But Bildad neglected another basic principle: man is made in God’s image and likeness. Bildad’s final statement likened man to a maggot or lowly worm!
Our view of life and understanding of who we are is vital to victorious living. Many people are beat down because of parents, peers, or siblings who put them down and called them names. Satan tries to steal the truth about who we are and whose we are very early in life. Satan is the accuser and finds those he can use to speak these lies. If we believe that God is so distant that He doesn’t care about us and that we are no better than a maggot in His sight, why even try to approach God? If we believe that He is so big and powerful that He doesn’t care about us, why should we believe in Him? Such are the lies of the enemy of our souls! We find that many people believe this way and that allows them to do whatever they feel they can get away with.
But the truth is that God loves us and we are made in His image and likeness. (Genesis 1:27) Although He is so powerful that He created the vast universe and hung the earth on nothing, He personally knows each of us by name, even numbering the very hairs on our head. (Job 26:7) (Luke 12:7) He desires none to perish, but all to come to repentance and a knowledge of the truth. He so loved us that He sent His only son, Jesus Christ, to become sin for us that we might be free from sin and know God as Father! (John 3:16) (Romans 8:15-16) We are now a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God that we might show forth the praises of Him who brought us out of darkness and into His marvelous light! (1st Peter 2:9) Aren’t you glad you’re not a maggot?