Have you ever spoken for God to pass judgement on others? It happens so easily, even to the best of people. We see someone that we know little about, and assume that we know their situation, and God’s view of it. Despite the many Bible verses warning against it, we judge people for their apparent sins instead of focusing on our own.
How many times have you played the role of Job’s friends, presuming to speak for God, telling others what God thinks about their behavior?
It is difficult, at times, to refrain from passing judgment on others and from assuming their misfortunate results from God’s displeasure with them.
The book of Job should teach us to pause when we have this impulse and realize that we do not know God’s intentions. God knows all things and He is not obligated to explain everything to us, so there will be many times bad (or good) things will happen that seem unjustifiable. However, we need to remember that God is calling us to trust in him, no matter how difficult the situation or how we may want to pass judgment on other people in their situations. After all, He created them and us all and He can handle their circumstances, just as He can handle us in our circumstances and decisions of life.
“The Spirit of God made me what I am, the breath of God Almighty gave me life” (Job 33:1-4 MSG).
Have you experienced a situation where you found it difficult to trust that God had your and other people’s best interest in mind?
Jesus in Me: Lord, help me to recognize that you have your people’s best interest in mind and it’s not left up to me to judge or pass judgment on other people’s circumstances. You have created each of us to glorify You. May I remember to look at my own life and judge myself. In Jesus name, Amen!
Today’s Tasting: Job 32-34
Job’s three friends relinquished trying to argue with him. A young man stepped forward to continue the debate with Job concerning his affliction. He had previously refrained from speaking out of respect for the elder men, but he declares that young men have wisdom too. Elihu says that God never punishes people who have done what is right, but only pays people back for what they have done wrong. Elihu says that God is both fair and powerful, and that he treats everyone the same, whether they are a powerful person, or a beggar. He tells Job that God should not reward him when he refuses to change.
Tomorrow’s Delight: Job 35-37