When the Judge Speaks

Most of us would make great lawyers. Take a look at many of our Facebook pages and we soon see just how quickly we begin to argue and defend ourselves against those who disagree with us, even over the littlest things. Have we also built an argument of self justification before the LORD?

Read: Job 38, 39, 40, 41; Matthew 11; 12:22-50

One Word

And the LORD said to Job: “Shall a faultfinder contend with the Almighty? He who argues with God, let him answer it.” Job 40:1-2

Big Idea

When Job’s friends spoke against him, he was ready with a response. Once in Job’s defense he said, “But I would speak to the Almighty, and I desire to argue my case with God” (Job 13:3). Job’s friends were agitators who were quick to condemn him as guilty of sin, so Job believed that if he could present his case before the LORD, he would find a favorable verdict thus silencing the accusations against him.

And so the LORD speaks to Job from the whirlwind. God revealed His majesty, power and wisdom as the creator of all, and in turn, the ignorance of Job in the works of nature. Then the LORD asks if Job wished now to state his case and present his argument before God as to instruct Him. Jobs answer is found in the following verses; put simply he had nothing to say (see Job 40: 3-4).

Job would not yield to his friends, but is silent before God. The voice of the LORD is powerful; His word cuts through our pretenses and reveals our hearts. Jesus said the Holy Spirt would “convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment” (Jn 16:8). When the Spirit of truth speaks arguments cease.

Could you or I find fault with God? Would we bring a case against the LORD and prove the Almighty to be unjust? Would we dare to argue with God?

Exemplify

We often find it easy to justify our actions, even our sin; I mean compared to other people we aren’t that bad right? Yet when we catch a glimpse of the holiness and purity of Jesus, our ultimate Judge, we are humbled. Suddenly we are aware of how evil our sin really is. Rather than try to justify myself and argue my case before God, I need to listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit, the voice of Truth Who leads me in righteousness.

Yes to Yield

LORD Jesus, forgive me for justifying myself and daring to build a case to present before You the Righteous Judge. May I like Job cover my mouth and silence my arguments of self righteousness. Thank You that You are patient with me. Holy Spirit, open my eyes to see my sin as it really is; compared to the infinite holiness of Jesus, even my ‘little white sins’ are infinitely evil. Holy Spirit give me ears to hear Your voice convincing me of sin and leading me in righteousness.


If you’re new to Living It Now, you can find an explanation of the O-B-E-Y journal on the Hearing and Doing page, or the sample post Guard Duty.

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