Monday, 29 July 2013

When Truth is not Light

"..., it is because there is no light in them." Isa 8:20

"Me... I... My...." Talk about self-centred! Seen in the light of Job 33 the protocol that Elihu initially observes in Job 32 seems only for the purpose of getting permission to, as he puts it, "Declare my opinion (NKJV)."   As he now speaks his tone, by contrast to his initial display of "courtesy," is disrespectful, condescending, and dismissive; bordering arrogant.  His initial sarcasm is here betrayed. But when our utterances are of self, these manifestations are expected outcomes.

Mind you, as with the other speakers before him, and seen in another context, elements of what Elihu says may have some truth to it. But truth will not act as light when used deceitfully or as a platform for self-promotion. Satan in tempting Christ in the wilderness quoted the Scriptures, "For it is written, He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee:" Luke 4: 10 (Ps 91:11 was quoted). Jesus countered Satan's use of this passage with another passage of Scripture that provided the proper context in which Ps 91: 11 was to be taken, "And Jesus answering said unto him, It is said, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God." Luke 4: 12.

Father in Heaven thank you for the light of Your word. May it be our guide and stay, and never the subject of selfish manipulation. Please grant us the Holy Spirit as a constant guide as we read, meditate, apply, and share Your word we ask in Jesus' name, amen.

This reading is based on Job 33.  To read and/or listen to Job 33 and to read other related blogs please click here.