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To continue with a look at Job: Job did go on and started to question God, but never charges Him with wrong.  When going through trials we often question God as to why or to what purpose does the trial fulfill.  We see this questioning of the Lord frequently by others in the poetical books of the Old Testament, most notably in the Psalms.  Even amongst his confusion (believe me I have experienced confusion in the midst of painful experiences) Job was able to make statements that showed he was still poor in spirit because of his perspective of what was going on around him.  Perspective in Job’s case was influenced by his character of being poor in spirit.  The following illustrates this when Job asked:

What is man that You magnify him, and that You are concerned about him? (Job 7:17, NASB)

Job recognizes that man does not deserve to be exalted in the sight of God or that the Lord should care in any way for man.  But the simple fact is that man is seen in Scripture as a special creation made in the image of God, and this is special to the Lord God Almighty.  The Lord does want man to exalt himself with pride and arrogance.  God desires to exalt man to a special place and to have a relationship with man.  But this exaltation needs to come from God Himself, not by man’s self-exaltation as seen by the following on which we should meditate and pray as to how to apply the Word of God to our lives:

Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will exalt you.  (James 4:10, HCSB)

Therefore humble yourselves [demote, lower yourselves in your own estimation] under the mighty hand of God, that in due time He may exalt you.  (1Peter 5:6, Amplified)

The greatest among you will be your servant.  Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.  (Matthew 23:11-12, HCSB)

He has put down the mighty from their thrones and exalted those of low degree.  (Luke 1:52, Amplified)

And He began speaking a parable to the invited guests when He noticed how they had been picking out the places of honor at the table, saying to them, “When you are invited by someone to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, for someone more distinguished than you may have been invited by him, and he who invited you both will come and say to you, ‘Give your place to this man,’ and then in disgrace you proceed to occupy the last place.  But when you are invited, go and recline at the last place, so that when the one who has invited you comes, he may say to you, ‘Friend, move up higher’; then you will have honor in the sight of all who are at the table with you.  For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”  (Luke 14:7-11, NASB)

And He also told this parable to some people who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and viewed others with contempt: “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.  The Pharisee stood and was praying this to himself, ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other people: swindlers, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector.  I fast twice a week; I pay tithes of all that I get.’  But the tax collector, standing some distance away, was even unwilling to lift up his eyes to heaven, but was beating his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, the sinner!’  I tell you, this man went to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted.  (Luke 18:9-14, NASB)

Take time to meditate upon the Scriptures cited above and pray to apply each one to your own character development through the power of the Holy Spirit.

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