Job 18: How Not to Be
Job 18 talks a lot about what is wrong with being a wicked man. Job’s friend Bildad is obviously doing this because he believes that Job is exactly the kind of man is describing. However, in my opinion, this is a pretty good description for any of us if we are apart from God.
Job 18:5 Yea, the light of the wicked shall be put out, and the spark of his fire shall not shine.
Job 18:6 The light shall be dark in his tabernacle, and his candle shall be put out with him.
Job 18:7 The steps of his strength shall be straitened, and his own counsel shall cast him down.
I obviously picked this set of verses because as Christians, we are called to be the light of the world. However, if we are not living the way we should, our light will not be shining.
Again, I think this is a pretty convincing evidence that we do have a sin nature. I know that philosophers like John Locke have argued that we are born as a clean slate, tabula rasa. Generally, as far as I understand it, they are talking about knowledge and the fact that we are not born with natural knowledge. They would argue that nurture is a lot more important than nature. However, if anybody ever tries to extend that philosophy to being born without sin, we need to make sure we know what the Bible says.
All humanity has inherited a sin nature.
Rom 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
Therefore, we are all the wicked people without a light that Bildad describes apart from Jesus Christ. When we begin to follow Him, we come through a kind of transformation.
Mat 5:14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
When Jesus comes in, we receive light that we can then show to the world. For a really overused cliché, we basically do catch on fire for God.
That is the application for today. We need to make sure that we have that light in our lives. Job probably did not appreciate the words of his friend in this particular context, and I do not think that I would either. However, they do provide a nice image of how not to be. While it may not be optimistic, self-examination never hurts.