To this point in Job’s story, he has defended himself to his friends. When they hinted that perhaps there was something shady in his background, Job denied it. “I have been honest and fair. I have contributed to my community and maintained my integrity. “ When he looked he looked at himself in the light of others, Job came out looking pretty good.
We like comparing ourselves with
others. When we make others the standard for righteousness, we often
come out looking good. “ I am not perfect, but I am a lot better that he
is.” But in the end, we won’t be judged by the standards of others. The
standard by which we will be judged is Jesus Christ.
turned his eyes toward God, his view of himself changed. He said, “I
abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.” He who had maintained his
integrity suddenly saw himself in the light of God’s holiness and
purity. Seeing his own filth, he repented.
You may pride
yourself in your accomplishments or successes. But mark this, when you
see a proud man, You see a man who has not yet encountered God.
Because once you truly see God, there is no place for pride – even if
you are a minister, a president, or the Pope. Once a person truly sees
God, the result is deep contrition and humility. The result is a
repentant heart – a heart that cries out, “God, have mercy on me, a
by Pastor Chuck Smith
Wisdom for Today