Scripture reading for May 29th: Job 29-31
Soul-searching is a good thing for us if we can be honest with ourselves. We must have an understanding of “good” and “evil” before we can identify it in our life. If we have no core convictions of what is right and wrong, it is impossible to make progress. God has given each person a conscience that informs him in general of God’s law. But the conscience can be silenced because of repeated disobedience. We then need to go to God’s Word for the standard and re-activate the seared conscience by believing truth.
After enduring his friends accusations, Job was still suffering! He remembered his past time of blessing with a sense of joy. (Job 29) But the young men taunted him and he was driven to do a self-examination and moral inventory. (Job 30:1) We find Job going over his life actions in a systematic way to be sure that he had not forgotten anything. He was judging himself, so that God would not judge him. (1st Corinthians 11:31)
Job first dealt with his personal life. (Job 31:1-12) He was careful with his eyes, not to look lustfully on a woman. He stayed away from his neighbor’s wife. He knew that this would lead to trouble! He knew that sexual sin was something that God would judge! (Job 31:11) He also checked his honesty. God would weigh him with honest scales in this regard! (Job 31:5-6)
Job next dealt with his public life. (Job 31:13-23) He tested his heart for his treatment of his servants. Was he fair and respectful of them? He then looked to his treatment of the poor and orphan. Was he willing to give to help them with food and clothing? (Job 31:23)
Job also checked his spiritual life. (Job 31:24-40) How did he treat money? Was it a ‘god’ in his life? Did he secretly worship anything other than the God? He also checked his attitude about revenge. Vengeance belongs to the Lord–we must not get even or rejoice over someone’s misfortune. How had he treated strangers? Were his motives pure in all that he did?
What an inventory! Take time today and allow this 4000 year-old inventory to give you insight into your own walk with God. Remember, Jesus Christ has already paid the penalty for our sins and if we confess them to Him, He will forgive us and cleanse us from all sin! (1st John 1:7-9)