This day with God, we are reading Job 22 to collect thoughts and ideas to help follow the Way. Instead of going against the wind, we will harness the power of the wind; the constant, calm, and collected breeze of the Holy Spirit providing power now and into the hereafter.
Noticed in today’s passage is a change in intensity, In this third round of speeches, Eliphaz has a concept of God in which He demands His people be righteous; submitting to His ways in order to achieve peace and prosperity. Eliphaz accuses Job of pride, covetousness, and of a lack of compassion.
Remember, Job had been a wealthy man before tragedy struck; losing his children, his livestock, and his property. Then painful sores covered his body from the soles of his feet to the crown of his head (Job 3:7).
Eliphaz shares his belief that the truly successful person is the righteous person because the power of the Almighty is with them and the Light shines upon the path they walk. The Almighty becomes their treasure like silver and gold.
Although this is a beautiful passage, it doesn’t apply to Job’s situation because remember that it was Satan that caused all the devastation in Job’s life. God allowed Satan to create havoc in Job’s life to proof that Job desired spiritual wealth rather than earthly wealth. That he wanted to truly worship God rather than just go through the motions in order to have success on earth.
Eliphaz misapplies truth because of a lack of understanding about our God who is not a demanding God but one who wants us to follow out of love. We know the rest of the story; that Jesus makes us righteous. We are liberated from sin and the value of this freedom is worth more than material wealth.
We read, study, examine, listen, and reflect upon God’s Word for wisdom that brings spiritual wealth rather than tangible wealth. We do this out of our love for God and not because we are forced to do so. We let the Spirit of God ingrain His instructions upon our heart as we pray that the Spirit keeps us stepping ahead on the straight and narrow path by applying biblical principles in our life.
This day, we understand that the Law makes nothing perfect but Jesus does. Today, we put our trust in Jesus as we follow the path to the ultimate destination. The Spirit is our guide as we go along the straight and narrow. Amen.