Job had been an outstanding citizen and was used to being heard. After he lost his children and his wealth, his friends came to be with him, but treated him like judges instead of passionate friends. They tried to find fault in Job’s life–surely he had sinned against God to experience such a tragedy. One of the friends, Zophar, tried to justify Job’s loss by comparing him with other “God-denying people are never content with what they have or who they are; their greed drives them relentlessly.” Job 20:20
All Job wanted was to be heard–to explain he hadn’t done anything wrong. He told Zophar to “listen up” and hear his story instead of assuming he had caused his problems.
When I was going through a year of marriage therapy, one of my relatives got in my face and asked, “What the heck’s going on?” I guess he assumed I had a perfect marriage and wanted to find out who caused it to go bad. There was no way I could satisfy his curiosity by telling him no one was in fault. The marriage just needed a jump start.
One should never assume to know what’s going on in someone else’s life. That’s God’s job.’
Help us stand firm, Lord, against people who assume they know our stories. Amen.