Let me be weighed in a just balance,
and let God know my integrity! Job 31:6
Job is willing to have his life actions be placed on a scale….and not just any scale, in the balances of God. God’s balance is a just balance. Job is confident that if he comes out on the short end, he is willing to be judged accordingly. But Job knows that he has tried to do good and his life reflected that.
I know many people who feel if their good deeds outweigh their bad deeds then they will be accepted by God. Even Orthodox Jews see it this way. As the day of Atonement approaches, they try to do lots of good deeds to balance out the bad they have done throughout the year. They hope they will be accepted by God. But that is not God’s standard. In Leviticus 17:11 we read “‘For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul.’” And that has not changed, it only has been completed in the work of Jesus on the cross of Calvary. So how does a Jewish person really get right with God? They can’t offer sacrifices any more, because there is no Temple any more.
Hebrews 9:13-15 says “For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? And for this reason He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.”
We don’t stand a chance without Jesus! His righteousness is given to us. “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Cor 5:21) Then when we are place on the scale, we will have NOTHING to worry about!