I’m still reading through the book of Job, in the Bible. I think he is both, hard of hearing and hard headed. He is not listening to what his friends are trying to say to him. As well, he is hard headed enough to not realize how arrogant he is. I’ve had a taste of that lately. The arrogance, I mean.
You see God instructed me on how to handle a situation, and I would have sworn to you that I heard him. But in the sad reality of things, I wasn’t applying it, and of course people got hurt. Then I felt like a jerk, and I was acting like one. I thought I was right though and in some things, I was, but how I chose to express my being right, was wrong.
I should have remembered the verse, Proverbs 15:1 “A gentle response defuses anger, but a sharp tongue kindles a temper-fire.” (MSG)
So I don’t want to be “hard of hearing” when it comes to receiving wisdom, understanding, and instructions from God. And I really don’t want to be “hard headed” when it is time to apply those words from God. I don’t want to be a jerk, and I don’t want to hurt anyone, so I find myself asking God to help me to; pause, think, and respond with one of the fruits of the Spirit, and I think that will do the job just fine.
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