“The young men saw me and hid, and the aged arose and stood; The princes refrained from talking and put their hand on their mouth…” – Job 29:8, 9
Scripture reading: Proverbs 1:7-9
Can you imagine Job was so well-respected that even the young, who often think they know everything, held him in such high respect? Can you imagine Job was so well-respected that the elderly, before whom others bowed, would stand out of respect for him? Can you imagine Job was so well-respected that even the princes and the nobles of the land remained quiet in his presence, when it is normal for others to be quiet in their presence?
Why don’t people have the same kind of response for our political and religious leaders today? Many of our leaders are men of great wickedness who oppose much of what God’s law requires of them. Often, they aren’t interested in advancing God’s cause. They want to promote their own agendas and guarantee their own financial benefits. Selfishness blocks wisdom.
In Job’s case, he was a man of truth and righteousness. He was qualified to speak and spoke with wisdom. He listened before he spoke. He was fair in his judgment. He demonstrated a personal example of godliness in his and in his family’s life.
Because you know Jesus and you are his, you can learn truth, justice and mercy from Him. This means you will learn from the Word of God and practice godliness in your own life. This is what will make you a man or woman that, old or young, and those of high or low offices, would want to hear and seek your wisdom.
Suggestions for prayer
Pray that you will know God’s Word, know how to apply it, and use it for the good of your neighbour and for the glory of God.
Pastor Mitchell Persaud is a missionary at New Horizon URCNA, in Scarborough, ON, Canada, where he has ministered for over 20 years. Feel free to Google his name for more information about New Horizon. Get this devotional delivered directly to your phone each day via our RP App. It is also available in print, for purchase, at NTGDevotional.com.