with Pastor Jon Courson

Bible and Menora
Daily Devotional
July 29
Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me. I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee. Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.
Job 42:4-6
I believe this is the key to the entire Book of Job: “I heard about You, but now that I see You, I abhor myself.” Remember, Job was the most righteous man on the face of the earth. And yet the most righteous man on the face of the earth realized he was nothing in the presence of God.

You might feel secure in your theology, but if you chatter endlessly, perhaps it’s indicative that you’ve heard about God without seeing Him. Many Christians know a lot about God, but many have not had revelation of Him. Notice that Job doesn’t say, “I abhor Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar.” He says, “I abhor myself.”

If the most righteous man on the face of the earth needed to come to a place of repentance, how much more do I need to come before the Lord and say, “Lord, forgive me. Have mercy upon me. I need You to save me. I need Your blood to cleanse me.”

Earlier, Job had maintained his righteousness and integrity. But now that he has seen the Lord, all he can say is, “I repent in dust and ashes.” Does this mean he’s getting right with God? I don’t think this is the idea here. Rather, I think it proves that he has been right with God all along. Even though he had questions, even though he wrestled through problems, once the Lord comes on the scene and raises questions to him about creation, about spiritual issues and mysteries, Job responds accordingly.

Over many years, I have observed that at summer camp, the kids who respond at the campfire are not necessarily the ones who are just then getting right with God. More often than not, they’re the ones who are already right with Him because their heart is sensitive enough to respond. It’s the ones who don’t respond who often have a problem.

James calls Job an example to us of what godly patience looks like (5:11). In Ezekiel 14, Job is in the category with Noah and Daniel as exceedingly righteous men. I believe these references give God’s viewpoint of Job’s character throughout his ordeal, not just at the conclusion of it.

This Daily Devotional is an excerpt from the book "A Day of Feasting" by Pastor Jon. "A Day of Feasting" is a collection of 365 short devotions from the Old Testament books of Joshua through Malachi.If you would like your own copy of "A Day of Feasting" you may click here to go to the SearchLight Store.