Thought from Today's Old Testament Passage:
Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him [Job 13:15].
This is Job's great statement of faith. Job's friends, you see, were accusing him of some gross secret sin such as immorality or dishonesty or some other sin of the flesh. Job is not guilty of anything like this. But here we begin to see the root of his problem. Job says that he will go into the presence of God and will defend himself there.
My friend, the minute you go into the presence of God to start defending yourself, you will lose your case. When you stand before Him you can only plead guilty because He knows you. You can't go into the presence of God with an attorney who by some clever routine can clear you of the accusation. No attorney can annul God's statement that all have sinned and come short of the glory of God, that there is none righteous, no, not one, and that the soul that sinneth shall die. God just doesn't change that at all. No smart lawyer can get you out of that. Nor are you going to stand before some softhearted and softheaded judge. You are going to stand before the God of this universe who is the moral Ruler. No one can maintain a case before Him. The thing to do is to go in and plead guilty and cast yourself upon the mercy of the court. You will find that God has a mercy seat. It is a mercy seat because the blood of Jesus Christ is on it. Christ paid the price for your sin. My friend, that is the only way you can escape the penalty.
You can see that Job desperately needs someone to represent God to him and keep him from trying to defend himself before Him. Someone needs to show him that he can cast himself on the mercy of God. This book has a tremendous message for us, as you can see. (J. Vernon McGee, Thru the Bible Commentary, [computer file] Logos Library System (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1997, © 1981 by J. Vernon McGee)
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