Today you should read: Job 42
The Perfect Response …
It used to make my stomach hurt when I thought I had done something wrong. Actually, I have a sensitive conscience as it is, where most of the time I feel guilty. I have to fight to believe truth in this area. So, actually I would usually feel as if I had done something wrong…to offend someone, not abide by the “social guidelines,” to sin against God, etc. If you’re anything like me in this, it can be hard to break. It doesn’t allow you to be yourself, but forces you to be paralyzed and restrained by expectations of others and the world. But take heart, for a chronic guilty conscience, there’s freedom.
Freedom from this sensitive conscience comes when we learn that it’s ok to embrace our mistakes and failures. We can embrace them. We can admit them.
Most of the time this guilt-laden conscience comes from a fear of consequences for the wrong we’ve done. Good part is…Jesus already took our consequences. Jesus’ love for us drives out fear…because it is an unconditional love. Not based on our success or failure. It’s a perfect love based on His character.
1 John 4:18 talks about this exactly:
“There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.”
We don’t have to fear our punishment. God has already taken it. So we can embrace our failures, confess them, and trust that God will still love us and that He is still for us.
So, what does this have to do with our chapter today? Everything. After Job was challenged by God Job shows the perfect response. The response perfected in the love of God. Job embraced his mistakes. Look at this:
“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.” (V.1-6)
Job embraced the fact that he uttered things about God and his situation that he did not fully understand. He repented and there was freedom in that. We see a perfect response from Job after a few chapters of hearing from God Himself.
So my encouragement to you today is to find freedom in the fact that you don’t have to be afraid to confess or repent. If Jesus has taken your sin, then there’s no more punishment left for you. There’s only love and restoration. You can be free today by embracing your failures instead of pushing them away. You can have a response like Job and confess where you’ve gone wrong.
Posted by: Sam Cirrincione