“Oh, that the almighty would answer me, that my prosecutor has written a book! Surely I would carry it on my shoulder, and bind it on me like a crown; I would declare to Him the number of my steps; Like a prince I would approach Him.” (Job 31:35b-37)
As we look at Jobs discourse in these chapters, I imagine that you would join me in saying that Job’s righteousness was in far better order than my own. From a fleshly stand point, Job seems to be a pretty upright kind of guy. But he is speaking of things that he doesn’t know. He wants to take his plea before the almighty and show his righteousness. He is so confident of his good works that he would “carry it on his shoulder” and he would “wear it like a crown.” This train of thought is very dangerous. Standing in front of a judge is the best way to describe Job’s words in these verses; but this is not just a judge, it is Almighty God. Job, unlike us, did not have the entire written word. In later years Revelation chapter 20 would be written explaining the very courtroom that Job is longing for; only it will work out quite differently for those who trust in their good works to allow them to stand in His presence. According to Revelation chapter 20 (I do hope that you will read it today) all that stand before God will be damned. God will give an opportunity for all to plead their case, but every single one who pleads their case will be cast into the lake of fire. The scene is the Great White Throne and the Word says “and anyone who was not found written in the Lambs book of life was cast into the lake of fire..” The only righteousness that can be claimed that day will be the righteousness of Christ that atones for sin. Romans 3:10 states (and by the way quotes the phrase from the psalms) “There is none righteous, no not one.”
Sadly, there are many people, even in our pews, who are relying on their own works to gain them entrance into the kingdom and they, just like Job, are sadly mistaken. This is why Jesus warns us about those who will come to Him “in that day” bragging on their spiritual duties, even the casting out of demons, and Jesus will say “Depart from Me for I never knew you.” Not that these folks have “dropped the ball” but that they never possessed the ball! These folks have never been broken over their own personal sin, they have not come to repentance before God, they have never begged for a savior to cover their unrighteousness because they didn’t know they were unrighteous.
This morning, no matter who you are: If you have not had a life changing experience in Jesus Christ; after realizing that you could not make the cut, and have not, with a broken spirit repented your sin. You will be numbered with the myriads of people who will be devastated on that day. Standing, like Job in these chapters, trying to explain how you are at par with God and realizing for the first time how far we fall short of Him. No looking back, no “re-do’s” no hope. I beg you today to do as the scripture states “Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.” My friends, if this is you, would you consider putting on the righteousness of Christ? Would you consider bringing the sin out of the closet and confessing it to Him? Would you consider giving your life to Him?