Read Job 42
Focus on verses 5-6
One of the most dangerous forms of pride is the pride in how humble one is. It would seem there was a little of this in Job’s friends, perhaps even a little within Job. The difference between Job and his friends, however is that Job recognizes it in himself and immediately repents of it.
In 2 Corinthians 12 Paul admonishes the Corinthian believers saying “…when they measure themselves by one another an compare themselves with one another, the are without understanding.” In other words, it is easy to become puffed up with one’s self when we compare ourselves to other people around us, but when we measure ourselves by God’s standard it typically results in a dose of humility.
Job’s words reflect this idea in verses five and six.
I heard of you by the hearing of the ear,
But now my eye sees you;
Therefore I despise myself,
And repent in dust and ashes. (Job 42:5-6)
It is one thing to hear about God second hand, it is entirely different to meet Him in the first person. When we hear about God, it is interesting…something to talk about, a novelty of sorts, but when we actually meet Him and get to know Him in the first person, we are made aware of how far short we have fallen of His design for us.
That moment when the light of the Lord illuminates the darkness of our soul for the first time is a crisis moment. It breaks all the false impressions we have of who we thought we were because for the first time we see ourselves as God sees us. It is both a wonderful thing and a frightening thing at the same time. Frightening, because for the first time we see our sin for what it truly is, and wonderful, because for the first time we understand the magnitude of God’s love for us. There is no experience that is more humbling, nor more wonderful, than the realization that though I don’t deserve it, God loves me perfectly.