Month: January 2017

Job Perception

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There are people who rewrite your story to match their perceptions of you and events that have occurred. (Some people rewrite their own story but thats not what the post is about). I am sure that most of the people who will read this have been on the receiving end of a rewrite about their lives that just wasn’t true.

Job was no different.

In the midst of his pain and agony his three friends strove to make him out as the villain citing his suffering as proof of their inclinations. One friend went as far to rewrite Job’s testimony and painted a bad picture of Job that just wasn’t true.  In doing so he attacked Job’s character and made Job out to be something he wasn’t because his friend would rather change Job’s story to match what he thought of him than change his perception to see the person Job really was.

I have had this happen to me more than once, and for some of you you have experienced the same thing.  People say things to you with smiles on their faces and with sweet caring countenances  that are untrue and hurtful.  Their self righteousness bleeds a stench that brings another level of suffering to your soul.

I am amazed sometimes at the lengths some people will go to beat you down with a smile. Just so they can keep their misperception of things and not be the ones who need to change.  Even if they have to rewrite your story to match what they believe they will do it in a heart beat just to win their petty argument.

This is what Elphaz did to Job (22)

But Job would have none of it (21 and 23-24)

So – Don’t believe the lies.  Don’t accept the rewrite  (yours or someone else’s).  From the start of the book of Job we see he was very serious about confessing his sins and making sure others had in his family.  From his words he had examined what he had done in his life and knew he had lived righteously.  He did not make up stories about himself and he did not make up stories about other people and he sure wasn’t going to accept a fictional rewrite even if it came from one of his friends.

We shouldn’t either.

There will always be people who show up in our lives from time to time and degrade us and rewrite who we are to match their perception of who they think we are. Do not fall into the trap of believing what they are saying about you.  Yes, you will feel bad but do not allow those feelings to lead you to acceptance of their fictional story about you.

 

 

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Job

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I am not sure, (and really don’t want to find out) if I could have handled all that happened to Job in the first 2 chapters of the book.  It is remarkable that he remained faithful to God during those tough times.

He also didn’t say anything about what had happened to him for 7 days.  I complain sometimes immediately when things in life do not go the way I think they should or when they go sour.  Truthfully, the complaining time is often short lived and then I move forward attempting to navigate through the problem only finding that the desire to complain about things sneaking back up on me and I have to deal with that desire once again putting it away and seeking forgiveness for the bad attitude I allowed it to produce inside me.

Job had the right perspective from the start.  Even when he breaks his silence he only talks about the pain and makes verbal expressions about how he feels.  There is no attack in his words toward God or people, only expressions of the pain he feels inside.  He knows that God has a purpose in his calamity and at a spiritual level he rests in that fact.

Could you rest today in the knowledge that God has a purpose in what you are experiencing whether good or ill – painful or amazing?

If Job could do it, there is no reason why we couldn’t do it as well.