Job 9:2-4 (NIV) 2 “Indeed, I know that this is true. But how can a mortal be righteous before God? 3 Though one wished to dispute with him, he could not answer him one time out of a thousand. 4 His wisdom is profound, his power is vast. Who has resisted him and come out unscathed?
On verses 1-12: In these verses Job is asking a very important question: “how can mere mortals prove their innocence before God?” (v2) The answer is we can’t. Job knows that. God’s power, wisdom and standards are so beyond our own that there is no way we could ever compare or come close. But the amazing message of the Bible is that when there was no way we could possibly prove ourselves innocent in God’s sight, in love God sent Jesus Christ His Son – fully God and fully man – to die on the cross for our sins. In so doing, at the cross God’s need for justice was satisfied while His mercy and forgiveness could be extended to us. It’s only because of God’s mercy expressed through Jesus Christ that we can be righteous and innocent before God.
Compare this to mainstream Western culture today, where it is preached that everyone can and will go to heaven, unless you’re Hitler. It’s a fluffy, feelings-oriented, self-centered, self-contradictory, works-based theology where the bar is set so low and is so unclear. It’s what I call Hollywood theology. Such theology overestimates how good we are and underestimates just how righteous and holy God is. Hollywood theology spits in the face of Jesus on the cross, making the sacrifice of his life and body seem unnecessary, for “if I can get to heaven on my own, why do I need Jesus?”
Sooner or later each of us will need to answer this question for ourselves: can I prove myself innocent before God on my own merit? If your answer is yes, then you have fallen into Satan’s trap, and it will kill you. If your answer is no, then you’re on your way to discovering the Saviour that God sent for you. His name is Jesus.
Heavenly Father, may I not fall for the lie that I can somehow prove myself innocent before You on my own merit. Like Job I recognize that I can never compare to You. Today I admit that I need a Saviour. Thank You for sending the perfect Saviour for me: Jesus Christ. Thank You that when I couldn’t reach You on my own, Jesus became the all sufficient bridge between You and me. Today I receive Him and what He has done for me on the cross. In Jesus’ name, AMEN!