Isaiah 53:7 Not Talking Back

Silent sign

He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth. Isaiah 53:7 

Keeping quiet and not talking back is a difficult thing for many people to do. They have their ‘rights’ and will make it known. Most will not just allow anyone and everyone to abuse them or speak bad about them.

It is common today that when something bad is said or done, the person will file a lawsuit against the offender. They attempt to strike back and get revenge for what was done wrong. Others will not do the lawsuit, but will talk back, getting mad at the person and letting everyone else know what was done wrong.

Isaiah has a prophesy about Jesus in that He will be oppressed and afflicted, yet will not say a word. He will allow Himself to be led to the slaughter without talking back.

Jesus was the only perfect person who did not deserve any punishment. Yet, He took on the punishment for the sins of every person in all of history so that they might live.

As He was being abused and beaten, He did not cry out in anger or retaliation, but accepted it.

It is common for believers today to be just like the world in talking back. They will not be silent about their ‘rights’. They will draw up lawsuits and fight back.

Acting in this way is not acting as Jesus did and would do. He always acted in love and compassion.

Every believer needs to work on being quiet as Jesus was quiet. Leave the vengeance to God and just show love and compassion, trusting God to get him through the situation.

There will be times when people will do things wrong to you. Sometimes it will be done because you are believer, other times it will be done just out of being mean.

You have a choice on how you will respond. You can be like the world and talk back, cursing the person and attempting to get revenge for what was done wrong. Or you can keep quiet and continue to show love, trusting God to deal with the situation in His way and time.

Jesus took everything for you and you are to be just like Him to the world.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will give you strength to be silent when needed; that you will show God’s love and not anger to others; and that you will speak God’s love into the lives of others. 

Job 19:2 Crushing Words

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How long will you torment me and crush me with words? Job 19:2 

It is easy for people to find fault in another person. Faults appear to stand out in a person, no matter how big or small they are. When people see them, most people feel as though they are obligated to report them or point them out, as if the other person did not know about the faults.

Faults are even more quickly pointed out when a person is going through a difficult time. People like to point out reasons why a person may be going through the hard time, rather than showing love and compassion and building the person up.

After hearing his friends talking a bit about his situation, Job gets frustrated with them and asks why they are crushing him with just words. All he was hearing was judgements and destruction.

These types of words and actions are also very common in the church. Judgmental words, though spoken with a mind to be helpful, are often spoken in a way that crushes or hurts a person.

Many people do not take the time to really look at the full situation or fully understand what is going on. People are very quick to judge in a harsh way, rather than show compassion and strive to build a person up with love.

Actions and words like Job’s friends are what has caused many to walk away from the church and even from God. They don’t want to be a part of something that is crushing and tormenting.

Looking at the life of Jesus, He never walked around crushing people with His words. The only people He crushed with words were the head leaders that were supposed to know better. The average person was just a person in learning how to live the right life for God. Jesus had love and compassion for the people.

Think about the words you speak to other people who are going through a tough time. Work to ensure that those words are not crushing, destructive words, but words that build up in love and compassion.

Before you speak, take time to think about what you should say. Think about how Jesus would speak to that person. And always remember that you are not God and do not always know what exactly is going on behind the scenes in a person’s life. They may be being proved by God through the situation, not being punished.

I pray today that you will know God’s love in your life; that you will speak God’s word to others; that you will have God’s love and compassion for others; and that you will build others up with God’s word and not crush them.

Job 16:2 What Type Of Comforter Are You?

Comforting girl

I have heard many things like these; you are miserable comforters, all of you! Job 16:2 

As a person is going through an extremely tough time, many people will just avoid that person. They avoid him because they don’t know what to say or do, or because they don’t want that bad situation to come upon them.

Others will be quick to show up at his side. The purpose of showing up, however, is to give some advice. People are very quick to give advice in how to deal with something. Often this advice is coming from people who have never been in the situation themselves. It is what they think they would do if they were in that position.

Very few people show up, just to be a support, without giving a ton of advice. They are there to show compassion and love.

As Job was going through extreme difficulties and his world was falling a part, some of his friends came by to be with him. Instead of being silent and supporting him, they wanted to give him some advice or counsel. Their counsel was not supportive or encouraging. It was degrading and condemning.

In the church there are many believers who are just like Job’s friends. They intend to speak well, but in the end are condemning and not supportive. There is no love, mercy or grace of God in their words.

People often thin that they know and understand fully what is going on in the life of someone else. On the outside it can appear as one thing, but on the inside it can be totally different. Just because someone is going through a tough time does not automatically mean there was unrepentant sin involved or that God is against him. Knowing the end of the story, one knows that Job was innocent in this case.

You will have times when you will have a friend going through a tough time. Things will be falling a part for him. You need to be there for him to support him and lift him up.

However, be careful with your words. Be sure that your words are the words of God, words that show love, grace, mercy, and compassion. Do not be so quick to condemn or find fault. It is the devil that condemns, not Jesus. Jesus came to heal and save, not condemn.

What type of comforter will you be for a friend going through a tough time? Loving? Or condemning?

I pray today that you will know God’s love; that you will share God’s love with others; that you will speak the true words of God at all times; and that you will be a comfort to those in need as God comforts you.