Chapter-a-Day Job 22

Judge not. Do you think it's because he cares about your purity that he's disciplining you, putting you on the spot?
Hardly! It's because you're a first-class moral failure, because there's no end to your sins
. Job 22:4-5 (MSG)

Reading the book of Job, I'm aghast at how Job's "friends" trash him. The guy goes through hell on earth and these guys come around to stoke the coals, trying to convince Job that his circumstances must be his own fault. With friends like them, as the saying goes, who needs enemies? God not only tells us, throughout His message to us, that we're not to judge others – but we're also warned not to let others judge us. Perhaps it's better to say we're not to let others' judgements get to us.

I learned a long time ago that I can't control what others think about me or how they may judge me. I can only control my own actions and reactions. Job has been a good reminder for me. Who am I to pass judgment on others? They are walking their own path and God is not finished with them any more than He is finished with me. Neither can I worry how others may judge me. Like Job's friends, their judgement comes out of their own finite perspective and is rooted in ignorance. I can only keep pressing on.

"Make it your ambition," is says elsewhere in God's message, "to lead a simple life and to mind your own business."

If you'll pardon me, I have my own business to mind.

Creative Commons photo courtesy of Flickr and madmannova

2 thoughts on “Chapter-a-Day Job 22”

  1. God Almighty will be your treasure,
    more wealth than you can imagine.
    We spend about 99% of our life working hard to attain “stuff”. We can’t take this “stuff” with us when we die, and the “stuff” doesn’t really bring long-term happiness. Why then don’t we spend more time investing in heavenly reward? If I truly want to be rich, why don’t I spend more time getting to know God?

  2. I, too, have learned that I can’t control what others do/say/think; but I can consider how I react or what I do/say/think in response. Too bad I didn’t figure that one out at a younger age!

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