Today’s Scripture: Job 31:24-40, Psalm 7:8
Faithfulness to God – “If I have put my trust in gold . . . so that my heart was secretly enticed . . . then these also would be signs to be judged, for I would have been unfaithful to God on high” (31:24-28).
Generosity – “If I have devoured [the land’s] yield without payment or broken the spirit of its tenants . . . then let briers come up instead of wheat, and weeds instead of barley” (31:38-40).
Job was extremely wealthy, but he did not worship his possessions by relying more on what he owned instead of what God gave. He was not stingy by withholding payment to those he owed money. He rightfully acknowledged that all he had came from God.
Regardless of the mounting pressure from his wife to give up his godly walk, Job maintained consistency through everything he faced. He was so confident of his integrity that he said, “I sign now my defense . . . let my accuser put his indictment in writing. I would wear it on my shoulder . . . I would give him an account of my every step; like a prince I would approach him” (Job 31:35-37). He wasn’t afraid because he had confidence in his integrity.
May our goal be like David’s – “Judge me, O Lord, according to my righteousness, according to my integrity, O Most High” (Psa. 7:8).
- If others judged you according to your righteousness—your integrity—what would be the end results? What do you need in order to have the same confidence as Job or David?
- How will your relationship with the Lord be different after this week’s quest?