When You Get Played Back
For Job has said, ‘I am in the right,
and God has taken away my right;
in spite of my right I am counted a liar;
my wound is incurable, though I am without transgression.’ — Job 34:5-6
When I read this today, it made me think about those arguments I sometimes have at home. You know those ones where your wife corners you about something you've said. She plays back word-for-word a statement you've made with a little different emphasis and adds in a different perspective, and suddenly you feel trapped.
Have you ever had one of those moments? I have! Because I say stupid things sometimes.
This made me wonder how Job is receiving this playback about the things he's said — from a younger man nonetheless. And we really don't know because Job never gets a chance to respond to Elihu. But we know this. In a few minutes, God is going to speak. And God is going heap on additional emphasis and perspective. And God is not going to playback anything. He is going to explain his infinite power, might, and holiness. And Job is going to be reminded of his mortality.
You see, here's my issue. When I am attacked, I tend to defend. Therefore I become defensive. Defensiveness is an attempt to make myself bigger. Instead of trying to make myself bigger, I need to remember that God is bigger. And that I need to go smaller.
So the next time your words and mortality confront you, try going small and let God go big. He is all the defense you need. And he may not come to your defense in the timing you want, but this does not mean his sovereignty is not working. It's just not working at your speed.
ASK THIS: How can you go small today? (Share this in the comments below)
DO THIS: Let God be big.
PRAY THIS: God, be sovereign in my life today. Be bigger than the situations before me.
PLAY THIS: Never Going To Be As Big As Jesus.
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