TEXT: JOB 22:1-20.
🔑KEY VERSE “Is it any pleasure to the Almighty, that thou art righteous? or is it gain to him, that you makes your ways perfect?” (JOB 22:3).

What do you think of a student who thinks that working hard at his studies in order to have an excellent result will be to the benefit of his teachers and so decides not to do so just to get at his teacher? This action will be considered foolish of the student. This is because one’s personal success or well-being is ultimately for one’s personal good and happiness.

This is the point Eliphaz tried to drive home in the passage today. Though he ignorantly wanted to prove to Job that he was suffering for his sins and that his claim to righteousness and perfection is of no importance to God, yet he underscores a very important point here. Man’s uprightness and righteous living does God no favour. It does not add to or remove anything from His person.

When people understand this truth, they will not continue to think that they do God a favour by repenting and living a holy life.

It is astonishing when some people begin to commit sin recklessly because they feel God has disappointed them.

Just because answer to their prayer did not come early enough, they feel they can “punish” God by backsliding. How foolish! Who will face the punishment for such a sinful lifestyle; God or such individuals?

It is true that the Lord is pleased with our holy living and has delight in it but ultimately, benefits of such lifestyle are ours. We reap the benefits of divine favour when we choose to be and please Him. Therefore, God’s call and command for us to live holy lives is for our ultimate good not His. It is wise then to heed such call and daily ask for grace to please Him.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: We live holy for our own profit.

BIBLE IN A YEAR: 1 CORINTHIANS 8-11.

MEDITATION

Questions that demand answers

Answer the questions and check the correctness of your answers with the juxtaposed Bible references.

  1. Can a man be profitable unto God? v2, Matthew 25:37-40, Luke 19: 12-27.
  2. Is there any pleasure to the Almighty that you are righteous? v3, Psalm 147:11;149:4, Revelation 4:11.
  3. Is it gain to Him that you make your ways perfect? v3, John 15:8,16, Jeremiah 9:24.
  4. Is it because you fear Him and love Him that He rebukes and corrects you? v4, Hebrews 12:5-8.
  5. Is not thy wickedness great and iniquities infinite? v5.
    Before you answer, read vv6,7,9,13. Then examine yourself whether you are blameless. Check where you are failing and make amends. Genuine salvation must produce good works.
  6. Have you meditated on the time of Noah, the blessings of God to them, their evil response and the judgment that followed? vv15,16,17,18.
    Summary Our relationships with God is reciprocal. He loves us perfectly and He wants us to have perfect love for Him too. He gave us great benefits for doing His will and He wants to reap profits from us too like a wise business man that invests for profits. Our perfection is for our good and eternal rest in heaven and He also is happy and fulfilled when we are perfect but unhappy when we grieve Him. In response to our love and fear for Him, He corrects and rebukes us so that we will live with Him forever in heaven. As He is faithful in doing His part, be faithful in doing yours lest He breaks the relationship when it becomes unprofitable. If that happens, you becomes the greater eternal loser.
    Lord, teach me to make my life more profitable and pleasurable to you
    Lord, assist me never to be negligent of good works of love to my neighbour
    Lord, as you love me perfectly, put your perfect love and fear in me too
    Have mercy on our nation doing worse than the time of Noah and visit us with the Spirit of repentance

HYMN Open my eyes that I may see

1 Open my eyes, that I may see
glimpses of truth you have for me;
place in my hands the wonderful key
that shall unlock and set me free.
Silently now, on bended knee,
ready I wait your will to see;
open my eyes, illumine me,
Spirit divine!
2 Open my ears, that I may hear
voices of truth you send so clear;
and while the message sounds in my ear,
everything false will disappear.
Silently now, on bended knee,
ready I wait your will to see;
open my ears, illumine me,
Spirit divine!
3 Open my mouth, and let me bear
gladly the warm truth everywhere;
open my heart, and let me prepare
love with your children thus to share.
Silently now, on bended knee,
ready I wait your will to see;
open my heart, illumine me,
Spirit divine!