Job 35:8–9: “Your wickedness affects a man such as you [Job], and your righteousness a son of man. Because of the multitude of oppressions they cry out; they cry out for help because of the arm of the mighty.”

June 27th, 2017 by Pastor Ed in devotional

Because Job claimed that he had examined himself and found nothing worthy of such extreme punishment from God, Elihu accused him of being full of pride. And verbally attacked him for it for some time. Job’s friends’ incorrect worldview that a person suffered only because of their sin, made them unable to sympathize or encourage Job. Although sinful actions do reap consequences, we live in a world where both the innocent and the guilty suffer. Elihu went on to say that Job’s wickedness was affecting not only himself but others as well. Elihu was correct, our sins do affect those around us, but so do our righteous acts. People are watching us, and they are influenced by what we say and do.

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus told the crowd gathered by the Sea of Galilee that believers are the salt of the world (Matt. 5:13). At that time, salt was so valuable it was used as part of the salary for Roman solders. Salt makes food taste better, adding flavor. Without salt, some foods are tasteless and boring. We all need our lives flavored by God’s grace and mercy so that we can be the flavor of Christ in the world around us. Pastor G. Campbell Morgan said, “The world needs salt because it is corrupt and it needs light because it is dark.”

I love the story of the king who called for his 3 daughters and asked each one how much she loved him. Two of them answered that they cared for him more than all the gold and silver in the world, but the youngest said that she loved him like salt. The king wasn’t pleased with her answer, as he considered salt to be of very little value. The cook who overheard the conversation knew that the child’s reply had more significance than the father imagined. She dared not speak to the king, but planned a subtle way to emphasize the true meaning of the young girl’s words. The next morning at breakfast, she withheld the salt from everything she served. The meal was so bland the king didn’t enjoy it at all, and it was in that moment that he realized the full force of his daughter’s remark.

“LORD, help us to maintain actions and words today that encourage people toward You and not away from You.”