When Job went through his trials, he had three friends. His friends had a lot of wisdom but some of what they were sharing was misdirected. Too often, the sermons we preach to people may or may not be preached to the right people that need to hear it.
Every now and then, we do come across some truth that is evident in one of Job’s friend named Eliphaz. It seems that he had a lot of knowledge but no real wisdom and discernment to direct such knowledge to the right person.
Have you ever had a mail person constantly deliver the same piece of mail to your mailbox and it wasn’t addressed to you?
It’s not that the mail person is not competent. It could have been a force of habit. When you see a name that is similar or there is sometimes a mental lock, sometimes mail or anything will be incorrectly delivered until something supernatural happens.
You ask a question or series of questions to make sure that what you are delivering is to the right person. As a note, if a message is not resonating and witnessed by the people, by the Spirit of God, sometimes it is good to stop and reassess the situation.
Eliphaz didn’t have this kind of discernment.
The whole gist of the book of Job is about the troubles of a man that was caused by the devil. The friends of Job, Eliphaz, the Temanite, Bildad, the Shuhite, and Zophar, the Naamathite all came together to mourn and comfort Job (see Job 2:11).
They didn’t recognize him and began to cry aloud, rip their clothes, and throw dust on their heads. For seven days, they didn’t talk to Job because they observed that Job’s suffering was “very great.”
After seven days, Job’s three friends begin to pour it on him. They all thought that Job committed sin and was being judged.
Far from the truth.
Chapters 1 and 2 reveal that the devil receive permission from the Lord to try Job.
Job didn’t know that it was the devil that brought calamity, and while it is true that he didn’t blame God, Job ascribed the trouble and trials as an “act of God.”
Job didn’t know that his integrity is what the devil wanted to discredit.
The devil cares less about your car, house, children, money, and other items. He wants your spirit, soul, and body to hate God. The devil wanted to get Job to curse God for taking all these things away, including his health.
God blessed Job and the devil said that if you would take it away from him, he would curse God. satan wanted to get at Job and he couldn’t because the Lord protected him with a hedge. It was only until the hedge of protection was lifted that satan had his opportunity.
So there is a principle.
As long as you treat God right, the protection of the Lord is upon you. As long as you do what God said to do in His Word and maintain your integrity, the devil will also look for a way to discredit your faith in God. And if or when these things are somehow taken or destroyed, because you love God more than the elements He blessed you with, you maintain your integrity.
You keep praising God.
The efficacy of the integrity of Job is what this story is about.
In many places in the United States, such an attitude is prevalent. In other places, it’s business as usual. The people of the church has yet to discern that the integrity of their faith is being tried. At the same time, people do not realize that sexual immorality plays a significant roll.
If the church is compromised because of Secret Sexual Sins, by default, our testimony is discredited.
Job had no Bible. No Jesus. No “authority.” No blood of Jesus. And with his three “friends,” no intercessors. Yet, he knew how to walk in sexual integrity. He didn’t open the door of calamity upon his life because he lost sexual integrity.
It was because of Job’s end to end commendable integrity that the devil sought the Lord to lift up all protections. And should the devil had been able to kill him, the devil would have done so when he saw that Job would not curse God.
Job 31:1-12 says,
“I made a covenant with my eyes not to look lustfully at a girl. For what is the allotment of God from above, and the inheritance of the Almighty from on high? Is it not destruction for the wicked, and disaster for the workers of iniquity? Does He not see my ways, and count all my steps? “If I have walked with falsehood, or if my foot has hastened to deceit, let me be weighed on honest scales, that God may know my integrity. If my step has turned from the way, or my heart walked after my eyes, or if any spot adheres to my hands, then let me sow, and another eat; yes, let my harvest be rooted out. “If my heart has been enticed by a woman, or if I have lurked at my neighbor’s door, then let my wife grind for another, and let others bow down over her. For that would be wickedness; yes, it would be iniquity deserving of judgment. For that would be a fire that consumes to destruction, and would root out all my increase.”
That’s what sexual immorality will do.
Be like a fire that consumes to destruction, and would root out all your increase. Everything would be destroyed.
The church must regain this measure of integrity across the board.
The reason why the world doesn’t believe us is because we do not believe in personal integrity according to the Scriptures. That’s why LGBT and all other groups question the church because we lack integrity. However, I also believe that those that do walk in integrity will still be questioned because the world doesn’t believe in the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ to forever change a person.
It doesn’t give us the excuse to live lasciviously.
Do not be found without integrity before God. The efficacy of the church is what this is all about. Do not let the devil discredit your testimony because you decide you want to sin sexually.