3 And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? and still he holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him without cause.
Today we will look at one word in our verse. The word “integrity”. As I researched the word through several layers of root words in the Hebrew, I found a common thread. Integrity has the idea at its base of “consumed”. The foundation of the word integrity is when someone is consumed with doing right to the point they garner a reputation for it. They are known for it. It has come to be expected of them. Here in our verse, the Lord Himself “brags” about Job’s integrity.
The important thing to see is Job was consumed with having a relationship with God. It was his “life”. It was what he thought about the last thing before he went to bed and the first thing he thought of when he woke up in the morning.
I remember a video I saw of my friend and mentor Dr. Ron Gearis, done by my friend Bro. Chris Hooker. It was concerning the Rock of Ages Prison Ministry, as it was known at the time. Both of these men, now in Heaven, are so special to me. Bro. Chris asked Bro. Ron how he felt about the Rock of Ages, I watched as Bro. Ron, bowed his head with tears flowing down his face, and said to Bro. Chris “It is our lives, our very lives”. He was consumed with the Rock of Ages because He was consumed with his relationship with the Lord. The Lord had given him the assignment of the Rock of Ages so he gave everything he had to it.
I want to be consumed with my relationship with the Lord. I admit I am not sure what all that entails. I will even admit it causes me some bewilderment and fear, but I want my Saviour to say Well Done. I want Him to be pleased with me. I do not know what my future holds, but I know who holds my future.
Lord, I love you and trust you. When I cannot see I will follow your voice. When I do not understand I will trust you. What time I am afraid I will obey you. I am human and frail; please my wonderful Savior, help me be consumed with you.