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Justifying Ourselves

by Inspiration Ministries
"Would you really challenge my justice? Would you declare me guilty to justify yourself?" – Job 40:8 CSB

Plagued by troubles, Job sought to defend himself. His responses made sense, until he heard the words of God Himself and realized the weaknesses of his arguments. By condemning God, Job sounded completely innocent, like he was blaming God.

God placed Job’s actions in context by giving examples of His sovereignty. Job realized that he was in no position to question God. He realized the truth of the perspective God provided to Isaiah: “As heaven is higher than earth, so my ways are higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:9).

Job saw his situation in a new light. All he could do was repent. Many people are like Job, quick to blame God for their problems. In their own eyes, they feel completely innocent. How little they understand about themselves and about God!

The lessons God taught Job apply to each of us as we consider our own lives and events in the world. Our starting point should be absolute trust in God, complete reverence for Him. And we must never pretend that we know more than He does.

In every situation you face, realize that His ways are “perfect”; His words are “pure” (2 Samuel 22:31). “All His work is trustworthy” (Psalm 33:4). Humble yourself anew before Him. Declare Him Lord of your life. Be sure to trust Him. He is faithful. You can depend on Him.

Prayer

Father, search my heart and mind, and reveal my sins. Help me be clean in your sight. I submit my life to You. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Extended Reading

Job 40
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