#2111Finding God in the Mysteries of every day
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Job 31: “If I have made gold my hope,
Or said to fine gold, ‘You are my confidence’;
25 If I have rejoiced because my wealth was great,
And because my hand had gained much;
26 If I have observed the [f]sun when it shines,
Or the moon moving in brightness,
27 So that my heart has been secretly enticed,
And my mouth has kissed my hand;
28 This also would be an iniquity deserving of judgment,
For I would have denied God who is above.
Wisdom gained from this oldest book of the “Old testament” can truly be astounding when you take the time to reflect on it. In this “final defense” of his life Job reflects on his life’s attitudes and actions and finds no grievous sin, no prideful attitude, no deceitful act. In short, Job has ben a “good” man long before the giving of the law, long before any codex of civil behavior his heart was genuinely turned toward a kind of righteousness most of us will never understand.
If you read carefully all of chapter 31 of this text you may well measure yourself against Job’s protestations of innocence. He surely had done nothing to be deserving of what had happened to him. That God allowed it to happen may at first cause true resentment to rise up in your heart. But perhaps the true issue here is that if we were to use Job’s life attitudes for a model we in the long run would probably come up far short of this simple man.