THE SECRET OF THE CONFIDENCE OF JOB
by Wole Oladapo
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THE SECRET OF JOB’S CONFIDENCE
“If I have covered my transgressions as Adam, by hiding my iniquity in my bosom :”( Job 31:33)
The Lord has declared no man is righteous upon the earth and that all of righteousness we can attain by the arm of flesh is nothing but a filthy rag before the holy God. But we see a man called Job, who dragged God to the throne of judgement in defense of his right standing with God. Despite all accusations from his friends and persuasion that he should believe all the calamity that befell him were the due recompense for his sins and iniquity from the righteous God, Job maintained his stand and kept sounding repeatedly; “God forbid that I should take my righteousness away from me!.”
What can make a mortal man to be so confident, even in the presence of the holy God? It is clear that his confidence is not from God's confirmation of his righteousness with all confidence before satan. If we follow the study very well, we will see that Job did not prove to be sinless as apostle John wrote that “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us”(1 John 1 : 8 ). Job cried out in defense of his case that he is not like Adam, who seeing he was naked by sin went and hid himself from the presence of God. Job acknowledge that he was no better than Adam; sold to sin and iniquity. But Job’s understanding of the God whom he served gave him confidence to approach Him with all his sins and failings, rather than to hide his sins away from God.
Job knew the place of the fountain that is opened to the dynasty of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanness (Zechariah 13:1). Job knew the God whom he served very well. He needed no one to teach him what God would do and would not do. He knew the place of repentance of sin and forgiveness of the same. In the end, not even God denied Job’s claim, neither was any iniquity found in him. As he has said of what God’s judgement concerning him would be, he was justified, even in the presence of his sincerely wrong accusers.
Job’s confidence flows from the place of repentance of every known sin. Job established his life on the nature of God as the ever faithful God, who will never go back on the word that His mouth has spoken. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9)”. He knew that whenever he repented of any sin, God forgives and removes the sin out of His Book, to be remembered against him no more. He knew that there is nothing the accusers could hold on to to condemn him. That is why the righteous will be as bold as a lion.
Many Christians today dare not call themselves a saint of God, although they read in the scriptures that the salvation which they claim to have in Christ was delivered to the saints (Jude 3). Many have fallen into the snare of making works the basis of justification, attempting to appease God with what they do or do not do; setting laws of strong devotion, self-produced humility and severe bodily discipline which the Bible says they have no value to the subduing of the flesh (Colossians 2:23).The place of our perfection is in the love that bought us from the slave market of sin. It is the love that builds up our confidence; having made us sons, we can approach Him as a father with full confidence that He who has begun the good work in us is able to bring it to perfection.
We read in the Word of God that whoever covers his sin shall not prosper, but he who confesses and repents of it shall obtain mercy. We must know that sin has no power to stand against us before God, because if we sin, we have an advocate with the father who is interceding for us day and night (1 John 2:1). What empowers sin over us is when it is unconfessed. Unconfessed sin dishonours God, for it strips Him of His fear that would have been revealed before the unbelieving world, for forgiveness of sin is with Him that we may fear Him (Psalms 130:4). When we find it a difficulty in our faith walk to approach God with all our transgressions and confess our sins to Him, it is an indication that there is no fear of God in our heart; for A HEART THAT HARBORS THE FEAR OF SIN WILL HAVE NO ROOM LEFT FOR THE FEAR OF GOD.
Confession of sin is an exercise of our faith in Him. We do not have to keep our sins in our bosom till evening to heap them all on Him at once. Neither is it safe to keep them till early in the morning, when His ears would not have become heavy or so we do think! When we come to the realization that wherever we stand, we appear before the presence of our omnipresent Father, we will know the best place to confess our sins is right there at the place of transgression; lest we forget and fall into the snare of habouring unconfessed sin in our heart.
“Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God” (2Corinthians 7:1). As we confess our sins to Him, our holiness is made perfect because we walk in His fear. No one can make himself clean, but the riches of His grace assure us of forgiveness our sins (Ephesians 1:7; Colossians 1:14). Having done this, we will have confidence whenever we appear before Him and have a mouth to answer the accuser, whenever we are accused. We will ever have one thing or another to repent of as long as we carry this body of sin. But our joy is in the truth that we are not debtors to the flesh. We are being washed day by day by the Blood of Christ Jesus. Therefore we appear brighter than yesterday at the breaking of each new day.
Are you waiting, dear friend, to attain a higher level of holiness to ascend to the state of sainthood or you are waiting to be declared such by an organization? We are declared saints by the offering of the blood of Christ Jesus, the power of which works mightily in us, bringing forth fruits of the kingdom as witnesses of who we truly are in Him; the saints of God in Christ Jesus.
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