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Bildad asked a question that is, in one way or another, asked even to this day: “How then can man be righteous before God?” (Job 25:4) It is a question asked by each of us—even if the question is not articulated in in so many words in our minds. It is certainly the case that each of us reflects on doing what is good in life because we want, to varying degrees, to be received by others, even by God. When we live life in this sort of way, we are addressing this question. Perhaps, we are telling ourselves, that the life we live with the good we are doing (or have done) – surely the scale of all the deeds we have done is weighted more in our favor than those things that we have done with which we have much regret. Yet, with such an approach, there is no way for a man to be righteous before God of his own accord. No matter how hard he tries, he fails every time (Jeremiah 10:23; Proverbs 14:12). When Jesus came to this earth, knowing the failure of ma, He said to His disciples, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). This simple statement is the profundity of life.

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