Job 29-31 Action

ANALYZE YOUR ACTIONS
Job 29:1-31:40            July 2 2006

Job turned the spotlight on himself and examined
every area of his life. Intent on affirming his
innocence, Job examined his marriage, his business,
his home, his relationship to his employees and his
community , his attitude toward money, his spiritual
life, his treatment of enemies, and his stewardship
of the land and resources entrusted to him by God .
Job then reaffirmed his personal integrity and rested
his case.

1. Have I Been Dishonest Or Unfaithful ?
(Job 31:5-6,9-10)

Job 31:5   “If I have walked with falsehood, and my
foot has hurried to deceit — 31:6   let me be weighed
in a just balance, and let God know my integrity!—
31:9   “If my heart has been enticed by a woman, and
I have lain in wait at my neighbor’s door; 31:10   then
let my wife grind for another, and let other men kneel
over her.

Merchants in ancient times used scales to transact
business. Buyers depended on the honesty of
merchants in order to get a fair deal. The Bible
states that God hates dishonest scales (Prov.11:1;
20:23). Prophets often spoke against those who used
false weights and Measures to cheat unsuspecting
buyers (Hos. 12:7;Amos 8:5; Mic. 6:11).

2. Have I Been Arrogant Or Selfish? (Job 31:13-17)

Job 31:13   “If I have rejected the cause of my male or
female slaves, when they brought a complaint against
me; 31:14   what then shall I do when God rises up?
When he makes inquiry, what shall I answer him? 31:15
Did not he who made me in the womb make them? And
did not one fashion us in the womb? 31:16   “If I have
withheld anything that the poor desired, or have caused
the eyes of the widow to fail, 31:17   or have eaten my
morsel alone, and the orphan has not eaten from it —

In his third speech , Eliphaz had accused Job of
taking advantage of the needy (Job 22:6-9). although
he provided no supporting evidence to substantiate
his charges, Eliphaz had nevertheless accused Job of
a multitude of sins against others. Job later pointed
out that he had rescued the poor and the fatherless
(Job 29:12), helped widows (Job 29:13) and the Lame
(Job 29:15), assisted the needy (Job 29:16), and
defended the helpless against their oppressors
(Job 29:17).

3. Have I Turned From God? (Job 31:24-28)

Job 31:24   “If I have made gold my trust, or called fine
gold my confidence; 31:25   if I have rejoiced because
my wealth was great, or because my hand had gotten
much;  31:26   if I have looked at the sun when it shone,
or the moon moving in splendor, 31:27   and my heart has
been secretly enticed, and my mouth has kissed my hand;
31:28   this also would be an iniquity to be punished by
the judges, for I should have been false to God above.

Job had the right attitude toward money. When it
comes to money , we must keep in mind that it is God
who gives us the ability to produce wealth
(Deut. 8:17-18). We must also not allow wealth to
lull us into a false sense of security or into thinking
that it can insulate us from trouble (Prov.18:11). And
we must not put our hope in wealth (1 Tim. 6:17) or
allow riches to fool us into thinking that we do not
need God (Rev. 3:17). Eliphaz had earlier advised Job
not to put his trust in wealth (Job 22: 24-25). Job
affirmed that he had never placed his trust in  his
riches or worshiped wealth.

4. Have I Gloated Or Been Hypocritical?
(Job 31:29-30,33-34)

Job 31:29   “If I have rejoiced at the ruin of those who
hated me, or exulted when evil overtook them — 31:30
I have not let my mouth sin by asking for their lives with
a curse — if I have concealed my transgressions as others
do, by hiding my iniquity in my bosom, 31:34   because I
stood in great fear of the multitude, and the contempt of
families terrified me, so that I kept silence, and did not
go out of doors —

Job had enemies. Because he was wealthy , no  doubt
some people envied and hated him. Enemies, by their
very nature, can disrupt our lives by creating all sorts
of problems. Yet Job affirmed that he had never rejoiced
at an enemy’s distress or misfortune; nor had he
become excited when trouble visited his enemies
(Prov. 24:17-18).
Unlike Job, people are not always willing to acknowledge
their sins or to see their sins for what they really are.
Some people try to dismiss their sins with excuses. Other
try to rationalize their sins by saying, “Everybody is doing
it.” Still other keep silent about sins or try to cover
them up.

Summary:

Job was so certain of his innocence that he opened
every area of his life to scrutiny. He stated that he had
made a covenant with his eyes not to look upon a woman
with lustful thoughts and desires (Job 31:1). He understood
the relationship between lust and adultery (Matt. 5:28) and
did not want to displease God inwardly or outwardly
(Job 31:2-4). He was serious about being a faithful husband
and living a holy life.