Can’t You Even Let Me Spit In Peace?

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By Richard Gazowsky

The title of this blog is actually a quote from the Bible, and it is telling us how wonderful God is.  The words are spoken by the ancient man of God, Job.  But you must understand the context of this quote and realize how important this statement is, because I believe it is an ancient revelation on the character of God Himself.  According to biblical scholars the book of Job is the oldest book in the Bible. So Job wrote these words without having any other reference concerning the character of God and His relationship with the man. Why that Job is shocked, and the reason for his outburst, is that he begins to realize that God is watching and loving him so closely that He is even concerned about Job’s spit!

Now this revelation is truly important today, especially to people of great wealth, wisdom, and power. When you, as a leader, have experienced power, and people depend upon your wisdom, you naturally may find yourself becoming unobservant about little things in others because the events in your life seem so momentous in comparison.  Yet here is Job, a powerfully rich man observing that God, the most omniscient Person in the universe, is concerned about him so intimately that He even cares about where Job spits.  What’s up with that?

As you might imagine, this observation is especially critical to Job because at this time he has been stripped of all of his wealth (i.e. his whole financial complex is in total bankruptcy) and he is personally suffering from an acute case of boils all over his body.  Job felt like the lowest person on earth, and the most worthless part of his entire existence was his spit.

This unique observation requires an extreme personal and intimate openness to our relationship with God. But it helps us understand why God is willing to pay such attention to even the smallest details of our lives and guide us through them.  (Of course this truth completely falls in the face of self-important people.) It’s pretty much an astronomical phenomenon that happens to you who discover how insignificant you are, yet how significantly God treats you.  And I believe both revelations need to occur at the same time.

It is at this time and moment that you begin to realize that He really wants to direct your every moment of every day, and as you follow Him you are in His perfect will.  This means you are completing His requirement that, “You would be perfect, even as My Father in heaven is perfect.”  Probably the most wonderful thing I’ve experienced regarding the revelation is to find out there are many very powerful people in the earth today that have this same revelation about their selves and their relationship with God. Now that’s enough to make you feel warm and fuzzy all over ~ like a child’s good hug with a teddy bear.

 

RDG

Richard Gazowsky pastors a church in San Francisco called A Place To Meet Jesus. He has directed the films, “Guardians” and “The Roman Trilogy.” 

   

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