Thursday, 4 July 2013

The Broken Clock Phenomenon

Among the many things that could be said of Jamaica’s political history are those moments of proverbial humour, often characterising the exchanges in Parliament.  And none moreso than when the Right Honourable P. J. Patterson, Prime Minister was about to announce an election, and the then Leader of the Opposition, the Honourable Edward Seaga speculated on what the election date would be.  Patterson in referring to the fact that a broken clock was usually right at least two times in a day, compared the Leader of Opposition to a broken clock with a major twist... he was never right!

In Job 8 Bildad could be safely compared to a traditional analog clock that is not working.  Except he, unlike the Leader of Opposition, was at points correct.  I was especially drawn to that bit where Bildad became unintentionally prophetic regarding Job's outcome as he made an accurate assertion about how God will deal with the righteous, "Behold, God will not cast away the blameless; nor will He uphold the evildoers. He will yet fill your mouth with laughing, and your lips with rejoicing." Verses 20, 21.

Although a broken clock is usually correct twice in a day, you’re never quite certain at one point it is correct - unless you can independently verify the time. Hence, it is never useful to tell the time.   What a broken clock is to telling the time, is what the Bildads of the world are to divulging truth... unreliable.   "To the law and to the testimony, if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them." Isa. 8:20.

Father in Heaven may Your word be, "a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path." Please protect us from those who would wrest it out of its proper context so we do not miss Your intended lessons. This we ask in Jesus' name, amen.

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