I’ve read the book of Job for the last five days and it’s leapt off the page for me. I’ve seen people I know in the pages. Myself included.
Job suffered what might be called the worst run of bad luck in history. Or demonic oppression. Or more accurately, an opportunity to show what he was made of…because he determined to not allow rampant misfortune to be his defining moment.
It’s easy to fall into the trap of defining people by their circumstances, particularly the bad ones.
The neighbor who lost his job.
The woman whose husband died.
The kid who dropped the fly ball in the ninth inning of the big game.
Something horrific happens and forever we relate to people in response to the bad event.
Job refused this sort of self directed character assassination. He encountered a tremendous amount of suffering, but he wasn’t defined by his circumstances. He’s best known for his reaction to them. He is known as a patient, righteous, steadfast man…each of these qualifiers are things he determined for himself.
Do you see where this is going? You are allowed the privilege of defining yourself. Your circumstances don’t do it for you. Your friends don’t do it for you. You get up every morning and, consciously or unconsciously, decide exactly how you’re going to react to the things that life, friends, God or the devil throw your way.
It’s an awesome privilege not to be defined by random chance. It’s also an awesome responsibility.
So who should we be today?
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