The Best Way To Live Is To Have Nothing to Hide
Job’s scribe wrote as he spoke:
“Have I put my trust in money or felt secure because of my gold? Have I gloated about my wealth and all that I own?
“Have I looked at the sun shining in the skies, or the moon walking down its silver pathway, and been secretly enticed in my heart to throw kisses at them in worship? If so, I should be punished by the judges, for it would mean I had denied the God of heaven.
“Have I ever rejoiced when disaster struck my enemies, or become excited when harm came their way? No, I have never sinned by cursing anyone or by asking for revenge.”
“My servants have never said, ‘He let others go hungry.’ I have never turned away a stranger but have opened my doors to everyone.
“Have I tried to hide my sins like other people do, concealing my guilt in my heart? Have I feared the crowd or the contempt of the masses, so that I kept quiet and stayed indoors?” (Job 31:24-34)
We “moderns” should consider this carefully.
Job affirmed that depending on wealth for happiness is idolatry and denies the God of heaven. In our modern world we excuse society’s obsession with money and possessions as a necessary evil or “the way it works.” But every society in every age has valued the power and prestige that money brings. God’s people must purge themselves of the deep-seated desire for more power, prestige, and possessions. They must also not withhold their resources from neighbors near and far who have desperate physical needs.
Job declared that he did not try to hide his sin as people often do. The fear that our sins will be discovered leads us to habits of deception. We cover up with lies so that we will appear good to others. But we cannot hide from God. We should know this! Anyone who attempts to lie to God is casting death at the source of life! God is never deceived and his judgment and condemnation will land painfully on liars.
Be honest in all things and then there will be no need to try to keep secrets and avoid people seeing the real you. Acknowledge your sins, and free yourself to receive forgiveness and new life. This is the way to a happier and more prosperous life, more respect, and a happier eternal future.
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