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February 2 – What really makes you good?

“Then the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil?”” – Job 1:8 

Scripture reading: Genesis 3:17-19

This was an amazing description of a man! Imagine God describing Job to Satan, who knew him quite well, as one who is blameless, upright, fears God and shuns evil! Imagine God saying to Satan, “There is none as good as Job in the whole earth!” Was God speaking correctly?

God was speaking as God speaks! It is not uncommon for God to use hyperbole. You can read what He was going to do to Judah with Babylon! He did not literally do all He said He would. Maybe you’ve heard someone was in an accident and broke “every bone” in his body. You understand by that statement someone was severely injured. You would not call that person a liar if all 205 bones were not broken.

So, what was God really saying? He was saying Job was godly. Was it because Job obeyed God? Yes. But it is much more. Job feared God. This meant he understood his sin, he knew the need for a Saviour and he looked forward to Jesus’ coming to pay for his sins. He admitted his sins (Job 9:20,30,31). Job made sacrifices to picture Christ’s future work.

What actually makes a man blameless is that Jesus took the blame for him – all the blame he has accumulated for his sins. This must make you thankful. This must make you joyful. This must make you tell others about him.

Suggestions for prayer

Praise God you are covered with Christ’s righteousness symbolized by the animal skins God covered Adam and Eve with when He put them out of the garden.

Pastor Mitchell Persaud is a missionary at New Horizon URCNA, in Scarborough, ON, Canada, where he has ministered for over 20 years. Feel free to Google his name for more information about New Horizon. Get this devotional delivered directly to your phone each day via our RP App. It is also available in print, for purchase, at  

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