Tuesday, April 28, 2009

A Dose of God's Reality

So I'm doing my Bible reading today in Job and I come across something that has never crossed my mind before.

Job 35:4-8 NIV
"If you sin, how does that affect Him?
If your sins are many, what does that do to Him?
If you are righteous, what do you give to Him, or what does He receive from your hand?
Your wickedness affects only a man like yourself,
and your righteousness only the the sons of men. "

The Message says it like this,
"If you sin, what difference could that make to God?
No matter how much you sin, will it matter to him?
Even if you're good, what would God get out of that?
Do you think he's dependent on your accomplishments?
The only ones who care whether you're good or bad
are your family and friends and neighbors.
God's not dependent on your behavior."

So many times I like to think that when I obey God when something is hard for me, how proud He must be or how I am doing Him a favor. How arrogant is that?!? God exists for His own Glory, and it's my job to reflect it back upon Him. It makes me feel good when I obey, but my small handful of good deeds doesn't add anything to His Holiness. He is amazing, wonderful and complete, and nothing I do, good or bad can add to or take anything away from Him.

Talk about being put in your place...thanks for the reality check God. :)

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