A Man of Integrity (1/11)

Thought from today’s Bible reading from Job 29-31.

I have made a covenant with my eyes; how then could I gaze at a virgin? (Job 31:1).”

As Job defended his integrity, he stated that his purity in heart was such that he would not even look at  a woman. While many in our culture argue that there is nothing wrong with just looking, Job made a covenant — a conscious decision and commitment — that he would not look with lust at one of the opposite sex.

As one who was “blameless, upright, fearing God and turning away from evil” (Job 1:1), this character could be seen in all aspects of Job’s life. He was honest (Job 31:5), faithful (Job 31:9), fair (Job 31:13), benevolent (Job 31:16), and humble (Job 31:25). He kept himself from trusting in riches (Job 31:24), rejoicing over the calamity of others (Job 31:29), and taking advantage of others (Job 31:38-39).

Job was truly a man of integrity — not by accident, but through deliberate and consistent training of his character.

May we strive to have the integrity of Job today.

Tomorrow’s reading: Job 32-34

[I’m using the Chronological reading plan on the Bible Gateway website if you’d like to follow along, too.]

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