Spiritual Digest — February 2, 2021 at 2:39 am

To know God is to despise oneself


I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth. Job 19:25

Job and his friends, 1870 (Drawing by Heinz)
Job and his friends, 1870 (Drawing by Heinz)

Job had an intimate relationship with God and addressed God personally as His redeemer. His knowledge of God was not merely intellectual or emotional but experiential, and that dictated how Job related with God. As his Redeemer, Job knew that God loved him. As the God who lives, Job knew that God ruled, and He could trust Him to take care of all that concerned him. As the God who will come again, Job had a living hope that inspired him to live for the future and not just for the present.

Because he knew God, he could praise God even after losing all his wealth, his ten children and his health (1:21). He will not deny the Holy One (6:10). He will still hope in the Lord though he slays him (13:15). He accepted trouble as part of human experience (14:1). He knew that God’s purpose for testing him was to bring out the best in him (23:10).

He knew that the fear of the Lord is wisdom and to shun evil is understanding (28:28).

He knew that God can do all things and no plan of His can be thwarted (42:2). When God opened Job’s eyes to see Him, Job was humbled and declared: “… I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes” (42:6).

No matter how right you think you are, when God opens your eyes to see and know Him a little more, you will despise yourself and repent of your foolish arrogance and go forth to live only for Him.


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