Job 30:10 Kicking While Down

Demarcation Road

They detest me and keep their distance; they do not hesitate to spit in my face. Job 30:10 

People are very shallow with their friendship with other people. When things are going good and the friend is doing everything right, they are willing to be friends. However, as soon as the friend makes a major mistake or has a sudden downfall of life, people are very quick to leave him. They are quick to kick him while he is down.

This happens even more to public figures. A leader makes a major mistake in his life, or there has been a major past mistake discovered, or his money is suddenly all gone, then all of his supporters or ‘friends’ are no longer there. They are cold against him.

Job had people who had respected him. He had helped them many times in the past, supporting and building them up. Even though Job had done nothing wrong, it appeared as if he did everything wrong. People turned against him. They now despised him. They were quick to kick him while he was down and spit in his face, as though he were the worst criminal on the earth.

While this type of action can be expected in the world, it also happens a lot in the church. A leader suddenly falls into some type of sin or has a down turn of events in his life, and other believers begin to shun him. They no longer want anything to do with him. While he is down in the struggle for his life, people turn the other way.

Often they not only turn, but they blame him for sins committed. There is no love or work to restore him being shown. He is kicked and cursed while he is down.

Jesus did not go around kicking people who were down, but worked to restore them and build them up.

There will be people who you personally know or know about who have a downturn of events in their life. Things will begin to go bad for them. Instead of finding fault and judging them, work to restore them.

Seek to find ways to build them up and encourage them, rather than kicking them while they are down. Do not shun them, because you are the light of the world, be the light to them. You do not always know if it is because of sin or it is a trial that they are going through a tough time. Always point them towards God.

I pray today that you will be a witness of God’s great love; that you will speak words that point people to God; that you will always seek to restore people to God; and that you will never kick a person who is down.

Mark 10:33-34 Rough Road

“We are going up to Jerusalem, he said, and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death and will hand him over to the Gentiles, who will mock him and spit on him, flog him and kill him. Three days later he will rise.” Mark 10:33-34

As the disciples and Jesus were heading up to Jerusalem, Jesus decides to tell them what is going to happen there. It is not a pretty picture. It is a rough road. He tells how He will be handed over, mocked, spit upon, and killed.

Imagine how the disciples must have been feeling at this point. Here is the Man they believe is the Messiah, who has come to save them, is now going to be killed.

Also, think about how Jesus was feeling. He came and did absolutely nothing wrong, yet He was going forward into the greatest trouble any man could ever face in all of history.

Yet, they went forward, because of the last line Jesus had spoken in this passage: “Three days later he will rise”. Jesus knew He was going to die, but He also knew He was going to rise again, victorious.

What would you do if you knew that going into town today you were going to get killed? Most people would not go. They would go somewhere else.

Jesus knew He had to go to Jerusalem, it was the Father’s will. It was a part of the plan to save the world.

God may not be asking you to go to a physical death today, but He is asking you to die to yourself. God has a plan for your life. That plan may not always be cheerful and fun. It may include some very harsh pain, yet it is with your best interest in mind.

Are you willing to walk the path God has for you? Remember, the most that can happen to you is you get killed, but later you will rise again with Jesus.

Go forward today in God’s plan knowing that you will rise again victorious, just as Jesus did. It may be a rough road, but it will be worth it in the end.

I pray today that God will give you the strength to walk the path He has for you; that God will remove the fear of trouble; that you will trust God’s plan for your life; and that God will use you to build His kingdom.