I have not departed from His commands, but have treasured His words more than daily food. – Job 23:12
Perhaps it was in his pain that Job made this impossible claim, but is it really possible for someone to be completely and perfectly obedient to God’s commands? Paul quoted King David (both VERY imperfect men), saying that there are NONE righteous, not even ONE. So, was Job professing to be completely righteous and yet by his profession actually revealing unrighteous pride? Could it be that Job was saying something else entirely?
It seems to me that Job was simply stating that he had never “abandoned” God’s Word, not that he had always perfectly kept it. Before a holy God, all our righteousness (including Job’s) is false. At the same time, while it is possible for us to occasionally disobey God’s Word, it is not possible for a Christ-follower to depart from it forever.
We may question God’s Word. We may even dislike it, but we must never abandon it.
Here, then, is the real problem of our negligence. We fail in our duty to study God’s Word not so much because it is difficult to understand, not so much because it is dull and boring, but because it is work. Our problem is not a lack of intelligence or a lack of passion. Our problem is that we are lazy. – R. C. Sproul
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