November 22 2016 – Lets not make the mistake, Job admitted he could make.

In Job 16, Job says to his comforters in verse 4:

I also could speak as you do,
If your soul were in my soul’s place.
I could heap up words against you,
And shake my head at you;

 

Job tells his comforters that he could find fault with them and judge them if the tables were turned and they were suffering and in agony as he was and he was at ease as they were.

He was saying to them that at least some of what they were saying to him was based on assumption due to his suffering and misfortune. Because of that their perspective was distorted and judgmental, hence they were magnifying or entirely making up his faults, while minimizing and being blind to their own, which we know they had, God pointing this out in  Job 42: 7 & 8.

Does our judgement become distorted and unreasonably harsh because of the state some people are in. Do we interpret their misfortune in some way to be their fault when it isn’t or attribute the cause of their misfortune to be more their fault than it is.

Job makes an honest confession about himself, when he says:

I also could speak as you do,
If your soul were in my soul’s place.

He was saying to his comforters….I could make the same mistake you are, I could miscontrue and misinterpret your circumstances and be overly judgmental of you, if you were in my position.

Lets make sure we don’t…speak as Job said he could speak to his comforters, if their soul had been in his soul’s place.

Lets not make the mistake, Job admitted he could make.

 

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