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Wednesday, February 28th, '18

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INFERIORITY

"...I am not inferior to you..." (Job 12:2)

 

Job may have had boils from head to foot, his livestock rustled away and his financial base shattered but he maintained at least one thing, his self-respect. Listen to him snap back at his comforters, really persecutors, who accused him of everything from having hidden sin in his life to reaping the bad he had sowed. He retorts, "No doubt you are the people and wisdom will die with you! But I have understanding as well as you; I am not inferior to you..." Atta'way Job; let the know-it-alls have it on the chin! He may have lost ground to his creditors but he stood his ground with his so-called comforters. You need to too.

 

I'm not preaching the gospel of self-esteem, but the biblical message of God-esteem. No one is inferior who is a child of God. I may not be a billionaire or millionaire but in Christ I am a "joint-heir" (Romans 8:17), the best kind of "aire" there is. Father owns "the cattle on a thousand hills" (Psalm 50:10), but don't forget the gold, coal and oil in those hills. Jones hasn't a clue about my net worth. Forget this keeping up with the Joneses. He can keep up with the Jacksons because God "daily loads us with benefits" (Psalm 68:19). I'm loaded, that's right, loaded. Say it with Job, "I'm not inferior to you!" See how good that felt? If you don't put a high value on yourself no one else will up the price. If you were selling your car or home today would you not have right to decide the sale price? Then set a top dollar value on yourself. Jesus thought you were so special that He bid for your love with His own shed blood. Seeing yourself by the portrait the Bible paints is the key to healthy self-esteem. The Book says you can do all things through Christ and that you have been "blessed with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ" (Ephesians 1:3). No one can make you feel inferior without your permission.

 

Of course, it helps to hear some outside encouragement once in a while. One lady, looking in the mirror was feeling a little poorly about her self - "Fred, I've got bags under my eyes, the skin under my arms flops like Jell-O, my hair is a mess and my midriff is bulging. Can you say anything good about me?" He answered with grace, "Well dear, you have perfect eyesight". Oops, that's the kind of comfort Job's comforters were doling out. Ignore the advice of professional advisors. God thinks you are beautiful and life will turn around once you say amen to His assessment. Edgar Guest wrote, "Life's battles don't always go to the stronger or faster man, but sooner or later the man who wins is the man who thinks he can". The key is to quit complaining and start campaigning, "I am not inferior to you". You aren't better necessarily either but you sure aren't worse. Quit comparing and start repairing. Job lost basically everything but he started at ground zero picking up the pieces and repaired his shattered world. By the time the dust had settled "the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before" (Job 42:10). The comeback kid would never have made his comeback had he accepted the verdict of inferiority.


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