We know that an often repeated lie may cause us to consider it to be possibly true.  Our enemy uses people to drag us down.  Job has heard his friends challenge his righteousness until he too may be looking for the sin in his life.  He seeks something that he might be able to fix, he indulges some self examination.  Who wants to face the perfect storm in a leaky boat?

I made a covenant with mine eyes; why then should I think upon a maid?  For what portion of God is there from above? and what inheritance of the Almighty from on high?  Is not destruction to the wicked? and a strange punishment to the workers of iniquity?  Doth not he see my ways, and count all my steps?  If I have walked with vanity, or if my foot hath hasted to deceit; Let me be weighed in an even balance that God may know mine integrity.   Job 31: 1-6

Job has no plans to leave his wife, even if she suggested that he curse God and die.  He made one commitment and will not admire the other girls.  The covenant is with her and with God, so the judgment is of God.  Job is willing to have his trespass revealed to him.

If my step hath turned out of the way, and mine heart walked after mine eyes, and if any blot hath cleaved to mine hands;  Then let me sow, and let another eat; yea, let my offspring be rooted out.  If mine heart have been deceived by a woman, or if I have laid wait at my neighbour’s door;  Then let my wife grind unto another, and let others bow down upon her.  Job 31: 7-10

If he pursued what his eyes desired he is willing to surrender his rewards.  If he has considered adultery then he will allow his wife the same release.  He knows how bad this crime would be.

For this is an heinous crime; yea, it is an iniquity to be punished by the judges.  For it is a fire that consumeth to destruction, and would root out all mine increase.  If I did despise the cause of my manservant or of my maidservant, when they contended with me;  What then shall I do when God riseth up? and when he visiteth, what shall I answer him?  Did not he that made me in the womb make him? and did not one fashion us in the womb? Job 31: 11-15

Job knows that if he defrauds his wife or servants his own prosperity will be gone in judgment.  The same God who created Job and his neighbors will hold him accountable.

If I have withheld the poor from their desire, or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail;  Or have eaten my morsel myself alone, and the fatherless hath not eaten thereof;  (For from my youth he was brought up with me, as with a father, and I have guided her from my mother’s womb;)  If I have seen any perish for want of clothing, or any poor without covering;  If his loins have not blessed me, and if he were not warmed with the fleece of my sheep; If I have lifted up my hand against the fatherless, when I saw my help in the gate:  Then let mine arm fall from my shoulder blade, and mine arm be broken from the bone.  Job 31: 16-22

Job considers the needs of the poor as if they were family.  If he had deprived them of their needs.  He will accept painful judgment for any such sins.

For destruction from God was a terror to me, and by reason of his highness I could not endure.  If I have made gold my hope, or have said to the fine gold, Thou art my confidence;  Job 31: 23-25

The fear of God has motivated Job and he could not live out of the will of God.  He cannot replace righteousness with the love of gold.  He changes gears from talking about God, and now he talks to God.  He is seeing the light with the eyes of faith again.

If I beheld the sun when it shined, or the moon walking in brightness;  And my heart hath been secretly enticed, or my mouth hath kissed my hand:  This also were an iniquity to be punished by the judge: for I should have denied the God that is above.  If I rejoice at the destruction of him that hated me, or lifted up myself when evil found him.  Job 26-30

Job is not seeing the lights in the heaven as being gods though.  Nor has he fallen in love with his own person or works as one who loves himself above God.  He knows that only God is above, and that only God can judge his enemy.

If the men of my tabernacle said not, Oh that we had of his flesh! we cannot be satisfied.  The stranger did not lodge in the street: but I opened my doors to the traveller.  If I covered my transgressions as Adam, by hiding mine iniquity in my bosom:  Did I fear a great multitude, or did the contempt of families terrify me, that I kept silence, and went not out of the door?  Oh that one would hear me! behold, my desire is, that the Almighty would answer me, and that mine adversary had written a book.  Job 31-35

The people of the community would not say that they were denied meat for their needs by Job, they were not left hungry.  Job welcomed visitors into this house, and kept any bad thoughts to himself.  Peer pressure would not drive him to avoid truth or to hide from his responsibilities.  Job would welcome God’s answer to the book of charges made against him.

Surely I would take it upon my shoulder, and bind it as a crown to me.  I would declare unto him the number of my steps; as a prince would I go near unto him.  If my land cry against me, or that the furrows likewise thereof complain; If I have eaten the fruits thereof without money, or have caused the owners thereof to lose their life:  Let thistles grow instead of wheat, and cockle instead of barley. The words of Job are ended.  Job 31:36-40

If Job’s enemies had written a book of accusations, Job would wear them as a badge of honor.  The earth will not reveal blood that Job has spilled, or report that he has withheld its fruit from the poor.  He boldly dares fate to ruin the produce of his life if he is found guilty.  He rests his case.

I feel really good after cleaning my house and catching up on my personal grooming.  New clothes and fresh paint on the house lift my spirits.  How much better would I feel if I had Job’s confidence about my righteousness?  The car seems to run better when it is waxed, but I have a good many bugs splattered on the finish of my flesh.  We are fortunate to have the daily washing of repentance available.