Job 22:21-30 “Agree with God, and be at peace; thereby good will come to you. Receive instruction from his mouth, and lay up his words in your heart. If you return to the Almighty you will be built up ;if you remove injustice far from your tents, if you lay gold in the dust, and gold of Ophir among the stones of the torrent bed, then the Almighty will be your gold and your precious silver. For then you will delight yourself in the Almighty and lift up your face to God. You will make your prayer to him, and he will hear you, and you will pay your vows. You will decide on a matter, and it will be established for you, and light will shine on your ways. For when they are humbled you say, ‘It is because of pride’; but he saves the lowly. He delivers even the one who is not innocent (or in the KJV- ‘He shall deliver the island of the innocent’), who will be delivered through the cleanness of your hands.”

Island of Innocence

“Island of Innocence” comes from the book of Job. Job is a story of a man who is faithful to God. He walks with the Lord daily. It’s such a neat book in the Bible, because it allows us to see what goes on “behind the scenes” with God. Basically, Satan is looking for someone to test and God suggests Job, because his faith is so strong. God allows Satan to take everything from Job except his wife and health. Still Job remains faithful to the Lord. Then God releases the protection of Job’s health to Satan, and Job is afflicted with painful sores all over his body. Yet again, Job clings to his God.

The verses I found “Island of Innocence” occur during a scene where Job is conversing with his 3 friends. He is wondering why all this has happened to him. His friend, Eliphaz, believes it is because of his sin and that he needs to repent. Yet, Job has already repented before the Lord.

The footnote in my Bible has a great point that I’d love to share. “Several times Job’s friends showed a partial knowledge of God’s truth and character, but they had trouble accurately applying this truth to life. Such was the case with Eliphaz, who gave a beautiful summary of repentance. He was correct in saying that we must ask for God’s forgiveness when we sin, but his statement did not apply to Job, who had already sought God’s forgiveness and had lived closely in touch with God all along. ”

God comes and answer Job. He didn’t really answer any of the questions that Job had, but instead pointed toward the natural order of the world and Job’s lack of knowledge. For if Job didn’t understand the workings of creation and life, then how could he understand the mind and character of God? God is almighty, powerful and righteous to judge. Job is only a man and can not certainly understand how God is orchestrating everything to work together for His sake.

It is the understanding of this concept that makes me thankful. Our Lord is holy and perfect. He can only tolerate perfection in His presence. Yet He is a merciful God, who sent forgiveness to us all through the sacrifice of His son, Jesus. And somehow, Job understood all this. That is why he clung to his faith, despite the turmoil in his life. And in the end, God blessed the latter part of Job’s life much more than the first.

I only pray that I’ll have a faith like Job’s. During the rocky times of the storm, I long to cling to the Lord like Job did. “Island of Innocence” is dyed as with shades of brick red, orange, yellow, brown and blues. I see it as the storms in Job’s life, the upheaval of his possessions, and the rock of faith that allowed him to get to the other side.