Monday, June 16, 2014

Job 32:7-10 -- On Opinions

"I said, Days should speak, and multitude of years should teach wisdom.
But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding.
Great men are not always wise: neither do the aged understand judgment.
Therefore I said, Hearken to me; I also will shew mine opinion."
Job 32:7-10

In our society we get caught up in honors and titles and preferential order sometimes... rank, age, title, position... whatever it is.  And because someone has one of those things we honor him or her more, or pay him or her more respect.  And sometimes it is deserved, no question... older people often are wiser, and many times people who have titles have them because they know what they are doing. :)  But let's remember also the wisdom here.  God speaks to our spirits, and helps us know right from wrong.  We should all learn to tap into that higher wisdom, and never be afraid to express our opinions just because we are younger or without a title. :)  Or never be afraid to listen to someone younger than ourselves or who has a lesser title.
Of course, we also shouldn't use this as an excuse to disrespect anyone.  As we go throughout our day, let's remember to listen to God first, and make obedience to him our priority.  Let's offer sincere respect to other people as we learn to love them and consider their opinions, no matter our relative age, rank, or anything else.

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