If you have ever watched movies or shows with little ones, you begin to hear them play it out later…each choosing a character to portray. To be honest, I like watching a movie and envisioning which character most fits me, whom I would be in the story. Rarely do I choose the villain. Maybe it is wishful thinking, but I hope that we all would like to be the hero or heroine in any given situation.
With this in mind, do we open up to specific stories in the Bible and automatically apply it as though we are the good guy in the situation? When it is a negative character, or a negative portion of a good character, wouldn’t we rather apply that part to someone we know rather than ourselves?
Job began to see himself as “righteous in his own eyes.” We are not to think more highly of ourselves than we ought, but with sober judgment. It is so easy to let a convicting statement from the mouth of God’s minister fly right by us as we nod our heads with an “Amen” on our lips. It is okay to let it land in our hearts! It is okay, no it is imperative, that we read ALL of the Scripture with open hearts and minds. Maybe, just maybe, the Lord is showing us something not so good about ourselves.
We enjoy reading the blessings for obedience, but do we dare to keep reading what happens when we live in disobedience? No, that part is for someone else. It is not my intention to be harsh, but real. If the shoe fits, wear it. If the Scripture fits, man-up and repent. The Pharisees were good at pointing a finger at everyone but themselves. Beware the yeast of the Pharisees…hypocrisy.
It is amazing to read the Word and feel the Lord pat you on the back, but it is necessary to respond correctly when you feel it is His rod and staff there to “comfort” you.
Father, help me to see myself as You see me. The good, the bad and the ugly. Please help me to respond the right way to Your leading in the Word, to Your conviction. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.