Job 6:24 Teach me, and I will hold my tongue: and cause me to understand wherein I have erred.
If anyone deserves to complain, it’s Job, right? He lost his family, his wealth and his health. Isn’t it only fair that he complain? Doesn’t he deserve to vent!? Well, no. Not according to the Word.
Here’s just a few things that the Word says about our words:
Proverbs 11:17 “Your own soul is nourished when you are kind, but you destroy yourself when you are cruel.” Proverbs 15: 1 “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but hard words stir up anger.” Proverbs 15:4 “Gentle words bring life and health; a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.”
Also, when we gossip and complain we are in fear, not faith.
Hebrews 11:6 “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”
He is a rewarder. When I’m hurt or offended I want to find someone to confide in. I want someone to validate me. I feel I’m in danger here, because as I acknowledge what I’m doing, I know that I’m going to be held accountable to change it. When I go to others and complain about my situation I am declaring that God is not in control. That God is not capable of taking care of me.
I highlighted Job 6:24 because it spoke to a need that I have, to stop talking about the problems and to start listening. I need God to teach me. I need God to reveal to me where I’m at fault, where I’ve gone wrong.
We are called to seek wise counsel. Psalm 19:20 says “Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise.” But we should also consider God to be the best person to share our issues, questions, hurts and problems with. After all, He is God. He cares for us. He is good. He is LOVE! If we truly believe that, why do we go to Him last?! Why do I take my cares to humans who fail? God will give me people that can speak wisdom to me and it is good to share relationship with others and have others bear our burdens with us. But my prayer today is Job’s prayer (Job 6:24) “Teach me, and I will hold my tongue: and cause me to understand wherein I have erred.”