Reflection on Job 5:2
“ For wrath killeth the foolish man, and envy slayeth the silly one.”
Job 5:2 (KJV)
I was reading my Bible today and came across the following words: “Nay, impatience kills the fool and indignation slays the simpleton.” [These words are from Job 5:2 (NAB.)] I am not sure why these words caught my eyes, but they did. I know God stopped me at these words for a reason. It is strange. In the King James Version, I might not have noticed the words. I don’t really consider myself to be a wrathful person or an envious person. However, I can at times relate to the NAB version of this verse.
To me, this is a sign to rethink some of my thoughts, feelings, and actions. I have been in “a funk” lately and this may be my ticket out. At times, I do feel impatient and/or indignant. Do I mean to? No. Do I think these are good feelings? No. But, do I have them? Yes. I think we all feel like this at one time or another and to say otherwise would be just fooling ourselves.
If I don’t correct my actions, do I think that lightening is going to come out of the sky and strike me dead? Well, even though I know God could do that, I don’t believe that is what will happen. Yet, I can tell you that this “funk” I have been feeling is quite draining. It feels like I have been dying, in a way.
So, where do I go from here? Since I do not want to be killed or slayed, I work at fixing the problem. I pray for God to show me the errors of my ways and to give me the wisdom and strength to change my ways. I read God’s Word to find answers and clues that help me find my way. I look for ways that God may show me in my everyday life, to get rid of the “impatience” and “indignation.” I focus on the positive and be more thankful for what I have.
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