Comparisons That Affect Our Perceptions
Then Job answered the Lord and said:
"Behold, I am of small account; what shall I answer you?
I lay my hand on my mouth.
I have spoken once, and I will not answer;
twice, but I will proceed no further.” — Job 40:3-5
Notice here the change in the posture of Job. Previously he bloviated to his friends about his innocence, righteousness, and need for a hearing from God. With every rebuttal, his speeches became longer and longer. But now, after God challenges his perception, his bloviating ends. Job acknowledges he no longer needs a hearing from God. And now, when he does speak, he mumbles a reply from behind the hand that covers his mouth.
This is the danger of human comparison. We end up basing our worth or righteousness on social measurement. Thus we feel better when we do better than others. And we do this because social comparison positively affects our esteem. But what slowly happens is we establish our identity in these social comparisons. As a result, we perceive too much of ourselves. Self-esteem is not God's way to be esteemed; it's only the path to narcissism. So God reminds us through the interrogation of Job that we need to always give attention to the comparisons that affect our perceptions. We are reminded the only place to perceive our identity is in God.
Today consider that area in your life where you have made a comparison. Cast that thought aside, and get your perceptions right. Be esteemed by God and not your own efforts.
ASK THIS: With whom or where have you made too many comparisons? (Confess them in the comments below)
DO THIS: Get your perceptions in order.
PRAY THIS: God, reveal my comparison and get my perceptions in order.
PLAY THIS: Different.
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