Let’s Pretend Things Are Ok
Job 9:27 – If I say, I will forget my complaint, I will leave off my heaviness, and comfort myself:
Job 9:28 – I am afraid of all my sorrows, I know that thou wilt not hold me innocent.
Job 9:29 – If I be wicked, why then labour I in vain?
Job 9:30 – If I wash myself with snow water, and make my hands never so clean;
Job 9:31 – Yet shalt thou plunge me in the ditch, and mine own clothes shall abhor me.
Job 9:32 – For he is not a man, as I am, that I should answer him, and we should come together in judgment.
Hello readers, new blog time today. I hope you are all safe and well, particularly in the times we live in. It’s easy to forget what really matters is how safe and well we are spiritually. We can get invested in our physical lives here, but what really matters is are you right with God? What if we have all the physical health in the world, what if we have wealth, what if we do it all and have it all… yet die and go to hell? What really matters? And we continue in Job today with let’s pretend things are ok. That’s what Job thought of doing. He was trying to cope with the situation that had landed on him… going along in life and suddenly life gone completely up in flames on all sides… and the thought came to his mind just to pretend it all was ok between him and God and move forward. See, Job wanted to know where God was at… he was still way better than us, because he had the awareness of the necessity of having a right relationship and fellowship with God… while we don’t seem to care at all?
But Job said, even if he pretended things were fine… God still wouldn’t hold him guiltless. If he made himself innocent, God would still make sure he was dirty. No matter how good, how clean, how worthy you try to make yourself… it’s dirt in the sight of God. You can make yourself as good as you want to be, but before God it’s still nothing. And the thing is, you can’t move forward if you’re not ok with God. We live in a world that prefers pretend reality, not the truth. They prefer lies and darkness over truth and light. But just because you choose to believe and live like things are ok… doesn’t mean things are ok. People are happy to live entire lives in a delusion, only waking up like that rich man in hell when it’s too late.
We are in the middle of Job dialoguing with his friends. Job responds to Bildad and is like, ok Bildad that’s true, but then how can a man be just with God? Not just me… how can any of us… be fine with God? God is so perfect, so powerful, so just… noone can stand before him. This is where Bildad’s argument fell down. He’s like Job God is this, this and that, Bildad held forth a standard so impossible… yet he’s then telling Job to make it right. Mission impossible!!! Job’s like… it’s impossible by the standard set. Noone can be right with God. And in this chapter Job then talks about having a daysman between him and God so that they could reconciled. Job knew he needed a third party, someone to stand between him and God. That’s who Jesus is… the one and only Mediator between God and man.
We often deal with things in life by not dealing with them. That’s Job talking here. But Job knew if he did that, things still wouldn’t be fine. We often try making the best version of ourselves, but Job knew that wouldn’t be enough when it comes to God. God is so holy, God is so just, God is so good… it’s an impossible standard. We are sinners, we think evil, we speak evil, we do evil. Bildad said God won’t cast away a perfect man… and Job’s like, who qualifies as perfect? How do I get to perfection? You see, we will never attain to perfection through anything we can do. We can only attain perfection and worthiness through that daysman Job spoke of… the Lord Jesus Christ. He is actually the perfect man. And you know what, Job was what the Bible called a perfect man, if anyone on earth could qualify at that time for what Bildad was saying… it was Job! No wonder Job was so perplexed, they’re telling him things to do which he is living out! Ever been way behind the 8 ball, like Job’s friends were?
But perfection is actually only possible through Jesus. Jesus satisfied the standard of God with his life, his death, and his resurrection. This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. It’s apity we have a Christianity today that pretends things are ok, when things aren’t. The flock ain’t being fed, people aren’t being told what they really need to hear. People need truth, not pretend stuff. The Bible says God is angry with the wicked every day, and that there is but a step between the unsaved and eternal hellfire. Why don’t we live with an attitude that is formed by the pages of the Bible instead of what our head makes up for convenience? Job knew better, but do we? What an easy way for Job to deal with his problems, but pretending it was all ok, by cleaning himself up. You know, a sinner can wash himself all he wants, but only the blood of Christ can wash away our sins.
What is a daysman anyway? It’s an old word. A daysman is like an umpire or arbiter, a mediator. You see, we have a problem with God. There’s a problem we made when we sinned. We are all sinners, and there is a just, holy, pure God, and then there is a fallen, wicked creation. Who can resolve the two? Jesus Christ. God’s holiness, God’s justice yet God’s love and mercy all resolves on his own Son. His holiness is satisfied, because Jesus was sinless. His justice is satisfied, because the sin is paid for, and such a payment! His love is fulfilled, because he so loved the world. His mercy is extended, because he can pardon and forgive the sinner. We need to live with that reality that things aren’t ok unless we are forgiven, unless we are saved by Jesus Christ. Nothing we can do can make us ok. Pretending or trying or whatever … only Jesus can make you worthy and acceptable before God. Bildad gave Job some information, but no solution. We want to be able to hold forth a solution, and the solution is the light of the world, the Lord Jesus Christ… the way, the truth, the life. Hold forth his word to others, and we can make an actual difference. With Jesus Christ, we can be made right before God, and others can also be made right with God. The times of pretending are over, we need to get back to the Bible, and stop living in our pretend world. The truth of Jesus Christ sets us free.
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Hi, my name is Joseph Zadow. I am a 32 y/o Bible Blogger. I was new to blogging once! God’s word is the best thing that we can be given, and once we have it and know it for ourselves it is both a privilege and responsibility to bring it to others! We are blessed to be a blessing! I am a sinner (for sure!) saved by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ and I am a Lord Jesus Christ follower. He is faithful even though I rarely am to him. I believe the Bible is the word of God, and stake my life on it. My destination is heaven. As they say, I’m just a passin’ through this world… although most of the time it’s more like hangin’ by a thread in Jericho! I love playing sports – particularly cricket… I currently work on an orchard and a side hobby business of mine is growing vegetables etc – they are good for you! I love writing. Always happy to talk, so feel free to leave a comment. You can read more about me and my blog here – kjvbibletruth.com/about :)
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