“In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil.”
Job 1:1 NIVUK
There is an intentionality behind Job’s actions. He chose to fear God. He chose to shun evil. This makes him blameless and upright.
Every day we have a choice. We can choose to follow God’s commands or submit to the tyranny of evil’s urgency. Either choice has both immediate and eternal consequences. Often the outcomes of evil’s choices are attractive because they almost always satisfies an immediate desire. However, their long term consequences are rather depressing. Living for God often implies denying immediate desire but the long term consequences are euphorically rewarding.
What will you and I choose today? May the Holy Spirit enable us to have a proper perspective on our eternal destiny so that we will be inspired to fear God and shun evil.
“Just then a man came up to Jesus and asked, ‘Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?’ ‘Why do you ask me about what is good?’ Jesus replied. ‘There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, keep the commandments.’” – Matthew 19:16-17 NIVUK
Jesus points the man in the direction of the Moral Law Giver, away from the moral act. Eternal life starts with an relationship, not with an act of the will devoid of relationship. This sets the Christian worldview apart from all other worldviews.