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Analyze Your Actions     Job 31:5- 6, 9-10, 13-17, 24-30, 33-34 (HCSB) July 02, 2006

 

       Do you remember the Bible tells us to judge ourselves? (1Cor 11:31) Paul likened it to shadow boxing. Why does a boxer shadow box? It is done to develop skill. We might improve our use of the skills God gives us if we would analyze our conduct. We need a desire to please the Lord, and the lesson title tells all of us to Analyze Your Actions. 

 

1.   Analyze: Have I Been Dishonest? 31:5-6, 9-10

 

       A.   Analyze: Have I Been Dishonest? 31:5-6

              5 If I have walked in falsehood or my foot has rushed to deceit, 6 let God weigh me with an accurate

       balance, and He will recognize my integrity.

 

       B.   Analyze: Have I Been Unfaithful? 31:9-10

              9 If my heart has been seduced by [my neighbor’s] wife or I have lurked at his door, 10 let my own

       wife grind [grain] for another man, and let other men sleep with her.


       All of us innately possess the desire to make ourselves look good. We may in the course of that desire become dishonest. If we are not careful we may seek to embellish the truth if it serves the purpose of making us look good. Job wanted God to weigh his honesty to check his integrity. Many persons use to have a reputation of being an honest person, that number decreases all the time. Job also desires to have his faithfulness checked by the Lord, and is willing if unfaithful, to be treated like he treated others.

 

 

2.   Analyze: Have I Been Arrogant Or Selfish? 31:13-17

 

       A.   Analyze: Have I Been Arrogant? 31:13-17

              13 If I have dismissed the case of my male or female servants when they made a complaint against me,

       14 what could I do when God stands up [to judge] ? How should I answer Him when He calls [me] to

       account? 15 Did not the One who made me in the womb also make them? Did not the same God form us

       both in the womb?

 

       B.   Analyze: Have I Been Selfish? 31:13-17

              16 If I have refused the wishes of the poor or let the widow’s eyes go blind, 17 if I have eaten my few

       crumbs alone without letting the fatherless eat any of it—


       Job’s desire to analyze his arrogance is refreshing. Sometimes powerful people do not consider the welfare of others. None of us need to think of ourselves more highly than we ought to think.(Rom.12:3) The male ego works on many men and leaves them arrogant. Job’s example can certainly be helpful. Notice how he evaluates the thought of selfishness, and thinks about those less fortunate, including the fatherless. Have you noticed the decrease in the amount of money given to charitable causes. Is this nation becoming more self-centered and selfish?


 

3.   Analyze: Have I Turned From God? 31:24-28

 

       A.   Analyze: Have I Turned From God Toward . . Capital? 31:24-25 

              24 If I placed my confidence in gold or called fine gold my trust, 25 if I have rejoiced because my

       wealth is great or because my own hand has acquired [so] much,

 

       B.   Analyze: Have I Turned From God Toward . . Creation? 31:26-28

              26 if I have gazed at the sun when it was shining or at the moon moving in splendor, 27 so that my

       heart was secretly enticed and I threw them a kiss, 28 this would also be a crime deserving punishment, for

       I would have denied God above.


       On one occasion I heard a speaker say if you were ever close to God than you are right now then you have backslid and turned away from God. Job analyzed his trust in riches with his desire for the Lord. I wonder about people who think they cannot tithe, but can spend money for all kinds of pleasures. Some people even want to spend more time in nature that in public times of worship. America needs to correctly analyze their time commitments to the Lord.


 

4.   Analyze:   Have I Gloated Or Been Hypocritical? 31:29-30, 33-34

 

       A.   Analyze: Have I Gloated Or Been Hypocritical Concerning . . Troubles? 31:29-30

              29 Have I rejoiced over my enemy’s distress, or become excited when trouble came his way?

       30 I have not allowed my mouth to sin by asking for his life with a curse.

 

       B.   Analyze: Have I Gloated Or Been Hypocritical Concerning . . Transgressions? 31:33-34

              33 Have I covered my transgressions as others do by hiding my guilt in my heart, 34 because I greatly

       feared the crowds, and the contempt of the clans terrified me, so I grew silent and would not go outside?


       Let me move this thought into the very mundane. If you’re a very good sports fan and your main opponent loses their star player through an injury do you secretly rejoice? Job asked about such actions against his enemies. Christ need to desire the best for all mankind. Do you ever try to cover your transgression, rather than depend upon the Lord to enable forgiveness and cleansing? In essence Job asked do I fear the crowds?

Many of us hesitate to relate properly to the Lord because of the crowds. All of us need to allow this lesson to help follow Job’s example to Analyze Your Actions. Amen? Amen!