A Righteous Man
There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job, and that man was blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil. — Job 1:1
Job's story has such a strong start and a strong end. It's the middle of the story (spanning 42 chapters) that is rather shocking to read. But in these first verses, we get a picture of the type of man that Job was. The author declares that he was blameless and upright one who feared God. In other words, he was a man of unusual moral and spiritual character. He clearly stood out among men in his time.
Was he a perfectly moral and spiritual man? No.
But Job did possess an unusual moral and spiritual character that resulted in natural blessing. And it was so widely recognized that even otherworldly characters, like Satan, were witness to it.
In the coming devotionals, we will look deep into Job's challenges, friendships, and the divine interactions that surround a period of suffering in his life. But for now, I want you to consider this question:
Are you a follower who strives for moral and spiritual righteousness?
Yes, I know you haven't been morally or spiritually perfect in the past. And yes, I know you will never be perfect by your own strength. But in the grace and perfection of Christ, are you striving after moral and spiritual righteousness? Are you really striving? If not, consider this:
What one thing do you need to stop, start, or continue to strive another day after the righteousness which Jesus strove hard for you?
ASK THIS: Are you striving after moral and spiritual righteousness?
DO THIS: What one thing do you need to stop, start, or continue to strive another day after the righteousness which Jesus strove hard for you? (Share this below).
PRAY THIS: God, I confess that I am not perfect by my own strength. But I want to strive harder because you strove hard for me. God accept my confession and offering today. Give me the desire to strive hard in your grace.
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