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How Much Do You Know God?

August 10, 2015

My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you. Therefore I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes. (Job 42:5-6, NIV)

Job got what he asked for, an encounter in which God speaks to him clearly, directly, audibly. But afterwards Job says: “I repent.” What did Job repent of?

God doesn’t accuse Job of any sins. Instead he vindicates Job and is angry with his friends, who “have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has” (42:7).

The book of Job doesn’t end with Job discovering some sin in his life he hadn’t recognized before. If that had happened, his friends would have been proved right. That was what they had been driving at all along. But that is not what happens here.

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The point of the book is clear. God says, “Job was right, the friends were wrong,” so the friends end up asking Job to pray for them that they will be forgiven by God. But if Job was vindicated, then what does he mean when he says “I repent”?

Repentance is turning from as much as you know of your sin, to give as much as you know of yourself, to as much as you know of your God. So what changed for Job was that he saw God’s glory as never before. And if you could see more of the glory of God, you’d be changed too.

If you know God a little, there will be a little repentance, a little change in your life. As you get to know God more, there will be more repentance, and more change in your life. When you know God much, there will be much repentance, and much change in your life.

How much do you know God?

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The Author
Colin Smith

Colin Smith is the senior pastor of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. He has authored a number of books, including Heaven, How I Got Here and Heaven, So Near - So Far. Colin is the president and teacher for Unlocking the Bible. Follow him on Twitter.


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