Job 30: Caring about Other People
As you might remember from yesterday, Job was wishing that he could return to when his life was better and easier. Today, in Job 30, we get a little bit more description of his current physical state. In particular, he is talking about how he is treated by other people.
Job 30:10 They abhor me, they flee far from me, and spare not to spit in my face.
Job 30:11 Because he hath loosed my cord, and afflicted me, they have also let loose the bridle before me.
I don’t know if the people were literally running far away from him or spitting in his face, but even if this is simply a metaphor or some other poetic device, it is obvious that he was not a popular guy in the neighborhood.
Why do people all of a sudden feel free to openly hate him in public?
Verse 11 provides the answer. Because God has allowed all of this to happen to him, he feels like other people also feel free to let loose.
I feel like regardless of what Job had hide or had not done, there is something wrong with the activity of these other people.
Particularly, I am worried about the idea that they suddenly feel enabled to harass him. I assume that they felt enabled because they figured that he must have sinned kind of like his other friends had.
In my mind, we have a very important command that runs throughout the entire Bible.
Mar 12:30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.
Mar 12:31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.
As you might remember, Jesus said this in response to a question as to what the most important commandment was. Obviously, loving other people is high on that list.
That is what worries me about the people that Job refers to. Imagine that this entire scenario had been a punishment from God (we know that it was not). It still was not have been right for people to stop loving him.
Jesus did not put any conditions on caring about the people around us.
We definitely do not need to agree with everything they do, and we certainly can help people realize that they are making mistakes. However, we see people in Job who have entirely trampled on him. They have given up caring about and are simply letting loose.
That is what we need to avoid. Caring about people is our job.