Does Our Behavior Change God?

To read the Bible in a year, read Job 35–37.
Elihu had paused in speaking to Job (Job 35:1), but then the young man continued by quoting Job,
“Do you think this is right?
Do you say,
‘My righteousness is more than God’s’?
For you say,
‘What advantage will it be to You?
What profit shall I have, more than if I had sinned?’”
(Job 35:2, 3)
Elihu answered Job’s questions (Job 35:4) by first getting Job and his friends to look at the clouds and to contemplate whether the behavior of the men, whether wicked or righteous, changed the clouds (Job 35:5). Do whatever you want, and the clouds do not change. Then Elihu said,
“If you sin, what do you accomplish against Him?
Or, if your transgressions are multiplied, what do you do to Him?
If you are righteous, what do you give Him?
Or what does He receive from your hand?
Your wickedness affects a man such as you,
And your righteousness a son of man.”
(Job 35:6–8)
If Job could not affect the clouds by his behavior, surely he could not change God, the Creator of the clouds. God delights in our righteousness and grieves over our wickedness, but our behavior does not change Him.
Therefore, what we do affects us and we should repent of wickedness and live a life of righteousness.

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