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When Job lost most of what he had, his friends came to console him. But did they really comfort him? No, they didn’t, and using his own words he said, “I am as one mocked of his neighbour, who calleth upon God, and he answereth him: the just upright man is laughed to scorn” (Job 12:4). So, instead he became a laughingstock to his neighbours, to those who were supposed to console him.
We’re all familiar with the story of Jesus; how he would call on God, and God would answer him. But later at the cross he became a laughingstock, mocked by his neighbours, wasn’t he?
Job said, “the just upright man is laughed to scorn.“
I want you to see something which Job here said; he said even though you mock me I am not inferior to you. “And Job answered and said… But I have understanding as well as you; I am not inferior to you: yea, who knoweth not such things as these?” Job 12:1-3
Allow me to minister to someone. You will not be disappointed if in your troubles you look towards God. He’ll accord you with righteousness – God will answer you!
Anyway, a lot stands out in this chapter but I brought you here because of verse 3 which says, “But I have understanding as well as you; I am not inferior to you: yea, who knoweth not such things as these?”
Job is saying this because as believers, just as he did, we also have significant people in our lives, (for example, prophets, pastors, parents, teachers, friends or workmates), and these people tend to place a condition of worth upon us, rather than accept us as we are. They value us only if we meet certain conditions and expectations. And because we need the regard of others in order to have self-respect, we strive to meet the expectations of others, though this often requires us to suppress, or ignore who we really are, and individual callings. A false self-image is created, based on meeting the conditions of worth, and we then distort and deny reality, in the quest to conform to the demands of others. These people wants you to know God, and relate with him in their own way. But I hear Jesus say, leave her alone. Even David refused to fight in Saul’s armour. Myself, no matter how much I try, my mentor Andrew Wutawunashe, yes I would love to preach like him but his boots are too big for me.
But Job here is saying accept me unconditionally, and rather value the person I’m.
You may stumble on the way but that shouldn’t matter at all, it shouldn’t make you a nobody. Remember, “the just upright man is laughed to scorn.” Whatever the reason, be able to say, “I am not inferior to you.”