Living Rooted in Identity: A Far Piece to Go

10420124_10154230830315381_537583743590692513_nToday’s Reading: Job 40-42

Remember, Self, that just because you remember an experience a certain way does not necessarily mean that the event happened that way. Being defensive and right-fighting your way through life is counterproductive at best and downright destructive at worst. Your innate desire to prove yourself right and to obliterate any argument that weakens yours is actually just another way of shoveling dirt on this casket-life your old flesh is so determined to live.

Every refusal to get low and stay low, to listen and seek to understand, to admit that your memory and perspective are subjective and flawed — every time you reject humility, you are heaping the burying dirt upon yourself as you further isolate yourself from genuine community and fellowship. You cannot have true relationships with anyone when you are chockfull of pride and self-righteousness.

You are still prone to sin, Self, because you are not an all-powerful, all-knowing, all-seeing creature. While, yes, you are indeed a new creation, you exist in this frail middle place between sin-bound dying and eternal, glory-filled freedom. He is not finished with you yet
. You still have much to learn and a far piece to go with Him. It would do you well to remember that though you are made of sterner stuff than you once were, you are not yet finished. You are growing, bit by bit, and getting low and staying low will help that growing along much nicer than puffing out your chest and defending your rightness ever could.

1Then Job replied to the Lord:

2 I know that You can do anything
and no plan of Yours can be thwarted.
3 You asked, “Who is this who conceals My counsel with ignorance?”
Surely I spoke about things I did not understand,
things too wonderful for me to know.
You said, “Listen now, and I will speak.
When I question you, you will inform Me.”
I had heard rumors about You,
but now my eyes have seen You.
Therefore I take back my words
and repent in dust and ashes.

Job 42:1-6, HCSB


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