“But now they mock at me, men younger than I, Whose fathers I disdained to put with the dogs of my flock.” Job 30:1-2 NKJV
Job has gone from honor among men to scourge, from prosperity to calamity.
Job uses very descriptive words to say men who are so inferior to him that he would not have had time for them before his trial are mocking him.
We don’t know how people treated Job except for the few “friends” quoted in the book. We do get a clear understanding of Job’s attitude. He is hurt and angry. You and I would probably feel the same way. But the language he uses to make his point is very harsh!
Job talks about people mocking him as if their lives are worthless and meaningless. He had such disdain for their fathers he would not put them with his dogs. He calls them sons of fools and vile men who were scourged from the land. He snubs his nose at them for not having nice places to live and good food to eat.
Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. Job believed he was better than other people. He viewed the poor as the refuse of society.
When I was young my mother owned a bakery. She distributed to stores and restaurants. The employees took notice when I walked into the building. I felt important. I wasn’t very nice to some of them. Did I think I was better? I acted like it at times.
Job was double minded at times even though he had a heart for the Lord. He was bitter towards people he thought deserved to suffer. He was resentful when people were insensitive to his suffering. He could be vindictive in his desire to return evil for evil.
Job was haughty arrogant and prideful because he believed righteousness could be earned through religious acts and good deeds.
God revealed how double minded I can be even though I have a heart for Jesus. I have seen how bitter and resentful I can be towards other people. I struggle with the desire to return evil for evil.
When things are fun and easy I can attribute them to good works and deeds. When I am overwhelmed with trials and hardship I wonder what I am doing wrong.
People all around us are suffering. Some of them do not have nice places to live or good food to eat. They are the outcasts of society. We are not better than them. We will be held accountable for our attitudes towards them.
Let the Word of God be a mirror before your eyes. Ask Jesus to open the eyes of your heart so you can see people as He does!
Do not return evil for evil when people mock you. Examine your own heart. Let Jesus be the lifter of your head and the defender of your righteousness!
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