Job 29:11 When the ear heard me, then it blessed me; and when the eye saw me, it gave witness to me: 12 Because I delivered the poor that cried, and the fatherless, and him that had none to help him. 13 The blessing of him that was ready to perish came upon me: and I caused the widow’s heart to sing for joy. 14 I put on righteousness, and it clothed me: my judgment was as a robe and a diadem. 15 I was eyes to the blind, and feet was I to the lame. 16 I was a father to the poor: and the cause which I knew not I searched out. 17 And I brake the jaws of the wicked, and plucked the spoil out of his teeth.
Job had lived a life of righteousness before this testing. That is his claim in this chapter. It is interesting to see what he did with his life according to his own testimony.
He took care of the poor, the orphans, and those who had none to help them, the widows, blind, and crippled. He was known for being fair. He studied out what was happening to be sure he was doing the right thing. He defended the innocent. He stopped wicked people from getting away with their crimes. He returned stolen property to the rightful owner.
Job says that he lived in and clothed himself in righteousness. Then he basically gives us a good outline of what he meant by that.
As I read this I thought of my own life and how I would like these things to characterize my life. I want to make a difference. I want to be a giver. I want to meet the needs of others. I want to live a righteous life.
How do you like Job before the testing. He would have been the hero in any story. He was the kind of man I hope the Lord makes out of me!