The High Road - Job - The One Year Men of the Bible

The High Road - Job

When Job prayed for his friends, the LORD restored his fortunes. In fact, the LORD gave him twice as much as before!

Job 42:10

The American humorist and cartoonist Kin Hubbard once very accurately observed, “Nobody ever forgets where he buried the hatchet.” Indeed, part of our fallen human nature is to hold grudges against those who have done us wrong or spoken wrongly to or about us.

The Bible is about the forgiveness that God offers sinful mankind and the forgiveness he commands each of us to extend to those who have hurt or offended us.

As Job’s painful but enlightening story draws to a close, he faces a choice: How will he handle Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zohar, friends who have sat with him in his suffering and offered nothing but accusations, recriminations, and condemnation? If you’re suffering like this, they told this man that God called “blameless,” it must be because your sin has angered God!

Most of us shrink from those who attack our character. Why should I sit and listen to this? we might wonder, feeling completely justified in giving our accusers the cold shoulder.

Job did no such thing.

Rather than hold a grudge and complain to God about the things they had said about him, Job prayed for them so genuinely and fervently that God heard his prayer on their behalf. Job blessed those who had accused him, and God blessed him in return (see Job 42:10).

Job took the high road by refusing to hold grudges against his friends. He took an even higher one when he prayed for them. He chose the same understanding and forgiveness that God had extended to him after he had spoken wrongly against the Lord.

How do you respond when you’re unfairly criticized or falsely accused? Do you cut off the other person, all the while feeling justified because of the rotten things he or she has said about you? Or do you take the highest road and sincerely pray that God will bless the person who has hurt you? Job says, “Take the high road!”

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