If I have put my trust in gold or said to pure gold, ‘You are my security,’ I would have been unfaithful to God on high. Job 31:24;28b

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Job seems like an unusual place for a Bible study on business, but it holds some great wisdom for each of us.

If you know anything about Job, you know that he is tested when Satan makes a deal with God.  We won’t get into all the questions about that situation, but let’s look at this section where Job is recounting what he has done in business.

We must remember that Job was a business owner.  Everything was taken away from him and instead of wallowing in self-pity he began to regrow his business.  In doing so, he began to consider how he has treated others and how he has treated business.

Let’s take a brisk walk through this chapter.  He starts by talking about his morality and acting appropriately with women. (vs. 1-4) He talks next about being honest in business and making sure his scales are set correctly. (vs. 5-8)  He reminds himself not to covet. (vs. 9-12)

Then, in verse 13 he talks directly about how he treats those that work for him.  He talks about being honorable with them when they had a question about him or his business.  He reminds himself that God made them just like he made him.

He then cries out for the poor.  He takes account of his life to see if he has acted honorably with those in need.  He talks about the basic needs of food, clothes and even goes into situations like the orphans and widows.

Now we come to our focus verse where Job accounts his relationship with money.  He wants to assure himself that he has put God before everything in life including pure gold.  He praises God for simple things like the sun and the moon.

Lastly, he apologizes for thinking wrongly about his enemies.  He prays for any sins that he has committed and asks God to reveal any hiding guilt in his life.

As business owners it is easy to get caught up in running our business that we forget to set aside time to evaluate our morals and how we treat others.  Job is showing us that even in the middle of horrible times, we can assess our lives and give praise to God.

Honor, charity, value and sincerity are the traits that Job is showing.  He is recounting each part of his life and making sure that he is lining his life up with God’s word. When was the last time you went through all areas of your life to make sure you were lining up your life with God?  Let Job be a reminder for you:

If I have put my trust in gold or said to pure gold, ‘You are my security,’ I would have been unfaithful to God on high. Job 31:24;28b