“What is man, that you make so much of him, and that you set your heart on him, visit him every morning and test him every moment?” ― Job 7:17-18 (ESV)
It all comes down to perspective. These two verses can be spoken during the highest of mountaintop experiences as well as the deepest of valleys. Let me explain.
HIGHEST OF MOUNTAINTOP EXPERIENCES
These verses can be shared with God from a place of humility and gratitude for the love, care, concern, and grace that God shows to us during times of blessing. It is from this place where we find ourselves blown away by the fact that God would even pay attention to us in the slightest way, humbled by his intentionality and purposed interaction with us.
DEEPEST OF VALLEYS
It is in this place where Job is actually saying these words from. He is not experiencing the joys of life and the “blessings” of faithfulness. Rather, he’s experiencing the deepest of any valley that he has had to walk through. And so he cries out to God, asking why he is spending so much time thinking about him and testing him, constantly putting him through difficulty and hardship. He’s not blown away by God’s presence but actually seems to be annoyed by it.
Do you see it? Do you see how the exact same words can be said by two different people at the same time and mean completely different things? And not only said by two different people at the same time, but also by one person at different seasons in his/her life and both times be completely valid in stating.
So it all comes down to perspective. So remember these two things no matter what season of life you’re in:
1). In whatever season you’re in, you’re invited to boldly say what you need to say. There is no need to hold back what you’re thinking or feeling. Rather, we are invited by God to be raw and real with how we are actually doing.
2). Be careful to not allow your circumstances to impact your perspective. I’m not saying that you can’t be real in what you’re experiencing as circumstances arise. Rather, I’m convinced that instead of allowing circumstances to define or explain our perspectives, we should strive to define and explain our circumstances from God’s perspective.
So, whatever season of life you are in, be honest. Be real. Be raw. But thankful. Be broken. But also move forward in this: whatever season of life you find yourself in, long for God’s perspective on it so that your circumstances are properly and rightly interpreted.
Love you all more than you know,