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
What does it look like when a man is humbled?
Job is a picture of humility. He was one of the richest and most successful men in the world at the time who lost everything. His friends and his wife were convinced that there was some wrongdoing on his part that brought this upon him. Job wanted an audience with God because he was convinced of his integrity. Both thought they knew something they discovered they did not. A humbled man is one who realizes that he doesn’t know or understand what he previously thought he did.
We do not know all that we think we know. When God enters the story of Job, He unleashes just a glimpse of Himself and His wisdom. In this very moment, Job is humbled. Have you ever had a moment where you spoke to things with high confidence only to be knocked down? The point is that what we know and what God knows are two entirely different things. It is better for a man to approach life with humility and hold off on asserting his great knowing than it is to discover that we lack understanding. Don’t despise yourself. Defer to God’s wisdom and knowledge over your own in every circumstance.