Daily Devotional Wednesday 15th September 2021by William Moody
Job Continues: I Will Maintain My Integrity
27:1 And Job again took up his discourse, and said:
2 “As God lives, who has taken away my right,
and the Almighty, who has made my soul bitter,
3 as long as my breath is in me,
and the spirit of God is in my nostrils,
4 my lips will not speak falsehood,
and my tongue will not utter deceit.
5 Far be it from me to say that you are right;
till I die I will not put away my integrity from me.
6 I hold fast my righteousness and will not let it go;
my heart does not reproach me for any of my days.
7 “Let my enemy be as the wicked,
and let him who rises up against me be as the unrighteous.
8 For what is the hope of the godless when God cuts him off,
when God takes away his life?
9 Will God hear his cry
when distress comes upon him?
10 Will he take delight in the Almighty?
Will he call upon God at all times?
11 I will teach you concerning the hand of God;
what is with the Almighty I will not conceal.
12 Behold, all of you have seen it yourselves;
why then have you become altogether vain?
13 “This is the portion of a wicked man with God,
and the heritage that oppressors receive from the Almighty:
14 If his children are multiplied, it is for the sword,
and his descendants have not enough bread.
15 Those who survive him the pestilence buries,
and his widows do not weep.
16 Though he heap up silver like dust,
and pile up clothing like clay,
17 he may pile it up, but the righteous will wear it,
and the innocent will divide the silver.
18 He builds his house like a moth’s,
like a booth that a watchman makes.
19 He goes to bed rich, but will do so no more;
he opens his eyes, and his wealth is gone.
20 Terrors overtake him like a flood;
in the night a whirlwind carries him off.
21 The east wind lifts him up and he is gone;
it sweeps him out of his place.
22 It1 hurls at him without pity;
he flees from its2 power in headlong flight.
23 It claps its hands at him
and hisses at him from its place.
Job expresses a sense of God taking away his rights and leaving him with a bitter soul (v2). Job though says he will not speak falsely and for him to speak with integrity, he cannot accept what his friends have said about him being guilty (v3-5). Job says he will hold fast to his claim of being righteous (v6).
Job has been under pressure to accept a message about his guilt which he knows is not true. Today Christians face similar pressures to accept that we are wrong in regards our beliefs, whether it is about creation or sexuality or about the way of salvation.
Job goes on to say that his enemies are like the wicked (v7) and then speaks of the future of the wicked (v8-23). This future includes being cut off from God (v8), not delighting in God (10), their families suffering (v13-15) and what he works for is swept away (v16-23).
Job is teaching that those who resist God’s righteous people will experience the same fate as the wicked. Job’s friends had been speaking arrogantly to him as if there would be no consequences for what they said; but here we see that there will be retribution for all evil. One of the sad things is that Job’s friends who were hurting him, failed to see that what they were doing was wrong. We need to be careful that we’re not blind to our sin.
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