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What Is Right

What Is Right

08 November 2009

Scripture:

1 Then Elihu said: 2 “Listen to me, you wise men. Pay attention, you who have knowledge. 3 Job said, ‘The ear tests the words it hears just as the mouth distinguishes between foods.’ 4 So let us discern for ourselves what is right; let us learn together what is good. 5 For Job also said, ‘I am innocent, but God has taken away my rights. 6 I am innocent, but they call me a liar. My suffering is incurable, though I have not sinned.’ (Job 34:1-6 NLT)

Here’s the thing that stands out for me, reading through the story of Job this time: Job’s friends said a lot of things that were true. Job said a lot of things that were true. Then they all made judgments based on the true things they thought and said, but the conclusions they reached and the judgments they made weren’t always right.

Job’s friends said that God blesses good people and curses wicked people, so they concluded Job must be wicked. Job said that God wasn’t listening to his cries for help and he concluded God didn’t love him. All of them said things that were essentially true, but none of them reached the right conclusion because they didn’t see the whole picture.

I want to be wise, but I want to be wise with the wisdom of God, not the wisdom of man. I want to be able to take truths and observable consequences and form those into principles – like the Book of Proverbs does. But I want to be aware of the bigger picture, an awareness that comes only by God’s Spirit, so that in wrestling with realities and truths in my own life and in the lives of others, I don’t make wrong judgments.

Prayer:

Father, Please help me not to learn lessons that you’re not teaching. Give me both wisdom and understanding. Help me to blend reason and revelation, grace and truth. Help me to see enough of the big picture to get perspective before I make judgments and pronouncements. Please. Amen.

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