Job 31:32 (NKJV) (But no sojourner had to lodge in the street, For I have opened my doors to the traveler);
In this chapter, Job is defending his righteousness. He makes very clear to his three friends that he had lived a clean life. Job lets them know that he has not been guilty of sensual sins. He compares himself to others and say they have committed such sins and more; so why should he be judged so severely when he is such a righteous man. Job boast of his integrity; saying that he is more righteous than any other man. Isn’t that our problem, we compare ourselves to the ungodly and say that we are righteous. Well, my friends, when we look into the mirror of God’s Word, then we really see ourselves; then we won’t see much righteousness. Now, don’t get me wrong. I am not saying that we all are horrible bad people; not at all. We can be really good and considerate of others. We can help the poor. We can take care of the orphans. We can love our enemies. But pride can easily ensnare us in sin. Job’s friends forced Job to defend himself and he just can’t stop patting himself on the back. He is boasting about his goodness. Job is basically saying that he is so good that God is wrong to judge him. That is how low we can get when we are lifted up with pride. It is easy for us to boast and to live in pride. We don’t need much encouragement to do so; but we sure need the power of the Holy Spirit to hold our tongue so that we don’t fall into that trap. Pride among Christians is one of the reasons why churches are so cold towards sinners. My friends, yes you are saved by the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, but regardless of who you are, you can’t stand before God in your own righteousness and neither can I. We enter into God’s presence clothed in the righteousness of Christ. This is what is important. We need to get to the place where we can praise God no matter what comes our way and where we can humble ourselves before Him.
God Bless and have a great day in God’s Word.