Passages of obedience always start with self. In apply Scripture to myself, I think not of only one. “Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong” (1 Cor 16.13, ESV). Another one that quickly comes to mind: “Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?–unless indeed you fail to meet the test!” (2 Cor. 13.5. ESV).
Reflecting on Job (once again), I am sure to apply these sentiments to myself. Where do I stand in relation to the Lord? After I answer that, then, perhaps, I can help one who is struggling in their own spirituality. The friends of Job were sure that Job’s experience was the result of a hidden wickedness within; consequently, in their “knowledge” they knew nothing at all.
Randal’s remark about how some brethren look at obedience as legalism is very true. It appears they fail to see the difference between commitment to the Lord and self-interest. The former does not struggle with “legalism,” while the latter, on occasion, does.