“Who is this that darkens my counsel with words without knowledge? Brace yourself like [an adult]; I will question you, and you shall answer me.” (Job 38:2–3, NIV 1984).
My Musings – “I will question you, and you shall answer me.” What a novel concept, especially in American political debates. But I digress. Evading the question, changing the subject, shifting the blame or making excuses, was one of the earliest manifestations of mankind’s sin nature, ever since the fall. The earliest was hiding (“Adam where are you?”).
“Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?” (Genesis 3:11, NIV 1984). A simple yes would have been the correct response. But…
- “The man said, ‘The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.’” (Ge 3:12, NIV 1984).
The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” (Genesis 3:13, NIV 1984).
A day is coming when we must all give an account. God will question us, and we will answer. “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.” (2 Corinthians 5:9–10, NIV 1984). God will question us. “Why should I allow you into my Kingdom?” A simple, “because Jesus is my personal Savior” is the only correct response. But…
- “Many will say to [Him] on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’ (Matthew 7:22–23, NIV 1984).
My Advice – Evading the question, changing the subject, shifting the blame or making excuses will not be acceptable responses. Reciting “acts of righteousness” will not be acceptable. No matter how impressive the list, they will be insufficient to tip the scales in our favor. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:22–23, NIV 1984). But all is not lost, because we can be “justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood….justifies those who have faith in Jesus.” (Romans 3:24–26).
“I will question you [it’s inevitable], and you shall answer me [it’s unavoidable].” You will want to be ready with the correct response.
“You said, ‘Listen now, and I will speak; I will question you, and you shall answer me.’ My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you. Therefore I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes.” (Job 42:4–6, NIV 1984). The “now” is today. When He questions you, it will be too late.