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I Would Declare Unto Him The Number Of My Steps
"People act as if they were not responsible to their Maker, and as if it were a settled point that He would never call them to account." - Barnes' Notes
So many live today as if they will never give an account to God for their actions. This is a sure indication of a wicked heart.
What hatred! What contempt! What total disregard for his Maker is portrayed through the wicked man's response - "Thou wilt not requite it." This man violates God's laws, denies His holiness, scorns His counsel and warnings, and boldly dares to face Him on Judgment Day without dread or fear.
He simply does not believe that God will require an account of his life and conduct or mark his sinful deeds. He'd rather deny that there is a Maker of heaven and earth than be responsible to Him. Hence, he makes light of His laws and promises and considers His threatenings, warnings, and judgments as mere "coincidence" or acts of "Mother Nature."
We, as the righteous, must be careful to maintain a totally different attitude toward life in general. Unlike the wicked man, we should, at all times and in every place, be fully aware that we shall give an account for what we do and don't do; what we say and don't say.
To have this kind of mindset portrays a pure heart and a right spirit.
Job - the man whom God described as being - "perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil"(Job 1:1) - was fully aware that he was liable before Him for the way he conducted his life.
The main motivation behind Job's godliness was the understanding he had that one day he would face the impartial justice of the Almighty. He was fully aware that God would "rise up" some day to pronounce sentence upon his life, "visit" him, or come to inspect his overall conduct on this earth.
These sobering deliberations of thought caused him to treat others with kindness, gentleness, honor, and respect - knowing that God was his Judge but He was their Maker.
Perhaps there is no better statement that pictures a man being answerable to God than the one found in Job 31:37 where the servant of the Lord said - "I would declare unto Him the number of my steps..."
Think about it! What a holy regard for God is recorded here in these words!
Like Job, each one of us will some day "declare unto Him the number of my(our) steps..." In other words, we will give an account for every "step" - every thought, word, and deed - before the Great Judge and King - the Lord Jesus Christ.
Before going further in our study, it would behoove us to examine our hearts and see if we are as truly righteous as we claim to be. Like Job, are we fully aware at all times, in every place, and in all circumstances, that we are accountable for our ways and conduct? Do we have a continuous "eye to God" in that we are constantly seeking His favor and approval on our lives?
How does this consideration of the "visitation" of the Lord affect our treatment of others? Do we treat our brothers and sisters in Christ as well as our "neighbors" with love, respect, and honor or do we mistreat, belittle, demean, reject, deceive, betray, or contend with them - having no respect for their feelings or rights?
Knowing that we shall some day give an account for the "number of our steps," are we more prone to wait on the Lord for direction in life, or do we plunge ahead into the unknown on our own in a spirit of independence, self-will, and rebellion?
Besides our "steps" or goings, of what else are we responsible before God?
Of what kind of mercies, graces, or providences have you been a partaker? Know this, that God "requireth that which is past."
We are responsible for every "past" blessing, grace, or Holy Ghost influence, touch, or anointing on our lives. We will answer some day before God for what we did with that which we graciously received from Him.
God also holds us into account for our duty in respect to the Lost and Saved.
Both of these Scriptures specifically apply to ministers, but they can also apply to all Christians as well.
We have all been given a trust from God to warn the wicked of the evil consequences of their sin. If we fail in our duty because of carelessness, busyness, slothfulness, or sheer unfaithfulness, we will be found guilty of their spiritual deaths on Judgment Day - "...the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand."
All - who have diminished sin...cushioned and flattered sinners in their evil ways...promised them "peace" when they walked in the imagination of their evil hearts (instead of preaching an unpopular "Holiness or Hell Gospel" which serves to awaken and arouse the spiritually "dead") - will answer to God some day for their neglect of duty.
God will also "visit" all of the Pastors who are shepherding His flocks. They will give an account for the manner in which they discharged their duties - "...I will require My flock at their hand..."
In an appointed time, He will "fire" all those who cared not for the souls of His people but only for their own benefit and prosperity. All - who made themselves "fat" on the wool of the sheep - shall be found without work and wages when He gets through with them - "...neither shall the shepherds feed themselves any more..."
It is a sure indication that one has a wicked heart who thinks or says of God - "Thou wilt not requite it." For it is the wicked who lives totally oblivious to the "all-seeing God."
On the other hand, the truly righteous man lives every moment of his life, fully aware of the constant gaze of the Almighty. He knows that He will answer to God for every thought, word, and deed. He constantly lives with these questions in mind - "What then shall I do when God riseth up? and when He visiteth, what shall I answer Him?"
His life is drastically different from the sinner. Her treats others with utmost kindness, love, and respect - knowing that he can at any moment be "visited" by the Lord God and be required to give an answer for his conduct and behavior - whether good or evil.
May we never forget our accountability before God - for every "step" that we take, our "past" blessings, as well as our duty toward the sinners and saints alike whom He places across our paths.
May God's Word quicken us today to fulfill our responsibility before Him.