Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
May 31 Scripture Selection: Job 22-24
Food for Thought: Job 22:2, 3
Eliphaz asks some questions that definitely require an answer. He rhetorically asks, “Can a man be profitable to God, though he who is wise may be profitable to himself? Is it any pleasure to the Almighty that you are righteous? Or is it gain to Him that you make your ways blameless?” The answer to his questions is a thousand times YES!
Eliphaz’s first mistake is he, like so many today, erroneously and grossly underestimates the value of man in God’s eyes. From the beginning, the Lord chose to make man in His own image, give him the high position of having dominion over all things created on earth, and have fellowship with Him (Gen. 1:26; I Cor. 1:9; Ps. 25:14; Prov. 3:32). Hebrews 2:7, quoting from Psalm 8:5 says, “You have made him a little lower than the angels; You have crowned him with glory and honor, and set him over the works of Your hands.”
There can be no question of man’s value in the eyes of God. He loved man so much that He was willing to die for him. In fact, the Father sent Jesus in the form of a man to defeat Satan, make man righteous, and return things to His original plan. At such a great cost, He accomplished this, as declared in Luke 4:18, 19: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”
It gives God great pleasure to see man extend his hand and receive the free gift of righteousness (Rom. 5:15-18) which allows him to be seated with Jesus at the right hand of the Father (Eph. 2:4-6). Arranging for our righteousness, the Lord speaks in Ephesians 1:5 of the “good pleasure of His will,” to adopt us as sons and daughters.
Far from Job’s friends’ perception of man as being a lowly “worm” and a “maggot (25:6),” the Lord treasures man (Mat. 10:30,31) and looks forward to a relationship with as many as possible. Psalm 149:4 confirms His love for us: “For the Lord takes pleasure in His people; He will beautify the humble with salvation.” Knowing the tremendous value of human life is absolutely essential to our understanding of our relationship with God, our relationships between ourselves, and our purpose here on earth. Everything else revolves around this all-important concept.
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):
Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):