Repentance — Where Men Are Made Great
Then Job answered the Lord and said:
“I know that you can do all things,
and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.
‘Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?’
Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand,
things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.
‘Hear, and I will speak;
I will question you, and you make it known to me.’
I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear,
but now my eye sees you;
therefore I despise myself,
and repent in dust and ashes.” — Job 42:1-6
This final acknowledgment by Job is profound. There are two things that Job acknowledges after God finishes his interrogation. First, Job acknowledges the limits to his understanding. Second, Job acknowledges his self-righteousness and increased boldness. What results from both of these acknowledgments is a man who now goes low. His attitude and position have changed. His arrogance and self-righteousness are gone. He is now satisfied to perpetually sit in the dust and ashes from mourning all he has lost. He acknowledges that he is a mere creature and is no contest for the Creator.
While we dislike these moments in life, this is where men are made great, right before the throne of the Almighty God. Exposure and brokenness result in contentment and meaning. And it's through repentance that we reconcile with the only person we have actually been in a contest with — Almighty God.
Take some time today to repent. Even five minutes right now. Repent by doing this:
- First, verbalize a sin to God.
- Second, own the effects of this sin.
- Third, commit to leaving it behind.
Charles Spurgeon once said this:
"Repentance is a discovery of the evil of sin, a mourning that we have committed it, a resolution to forsake it."
ASK THIS: What sin do you need to verbalize to God? (Share it in the comments below)
DO THIS: Take five minutes to walk through the three steps above.
PRAY THIS: God, may I be humble and repentant before you this day.
PLAY THIS: When My Heart Is Torn Asunder.
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