“Behold, my eye has seen all this, My ear has heard and understood it. What you know I also know; I am not inferior to you… Will you speak what is unjust for God, And speak what is deceitful for Him? Will you show partiality for Him? Will you contend for God?” (13:1-2, 7-8)
Isn’t it frustrating when a peer proceeds to teach you something like they’re older and wiser? Isn’t it worse when they go so far as the speak for God?
There is certainly a time and place for peer accountability. It’s also of good practice to point each other to remembering the LORD. But in everything—HUMILITY.
I’ve got to watch myself when I get annoyed with a friend. I can’t come at them like I’m the only one who knows anything. Don’t discount another person’s life, perspective and history with the LORD.
Just because Job is in the pit of despair, his friends suddenly feel superior to him. What they don’t know, is that they aren’t so big as to be a topic of conversation in the heavens.
For whatever reason, our human nature loves to measure each other against ourselves. We like to compare to know if we are better or worse than others. That is not the designs of God for us.
How do we respond when we see someone in the midst of humiliation? Do we jump at the chance to feel above them? The reason we are told over and over not to judge each other is because we are so very lacking in information. We don’t know anyone’s full story, or what is going on at a spiritual level. The duty of judging belongs entirely to the LORD.
Let’s all bring our judgy-ness to the LORD today; treading ever so delicately when it comes to speaking on HIS behalf.