Have you ever asked yourself 'What was I thinking'? Admit it. I mean really. We have all been there. We turn left instead of right and end up dazed and confused. Asking ourselves 'what just happened'. Human, yes. Smart? Sometimes, not so much.
Sometimes, we get in our own way. Well, if we're honest, most of the time. We second guess ourselves right into a ditch. Then we complain about how trouble follows us. Trouble always seems to finds us. Really? Don't we have any responsibility for our own actions and decisions?
Now Job, he had some trouble. He had some serious issues. What did he do? He whined and complained to his friends. His friends whined and complained about his troubles with him and then they urged him into more whining and complaining. Until...until one friend, Elihu, finally spoke some truth.
Job 34:16 MSG
“So, Job, use your head; this is all pretty obvious."
Use your head. Think. God doesn't mess up, WE mess up. Our problem is that we don't always listen. Maybe ... we think we have all the answers. Maybe ...we don't use our heads. Maybe ... we don't hear the urging of God. Maybe ... we forget to talk to God in first place.
Here's God. He is holding the universe in His Hands. He is controlling the comings and goings of planets, and stars and comets. He is constantly attentive to the wind and the rain and oceans and atmospheres. He is the consummate multitasker. Then there is us. God loves us way more than the other stuff in the universe. He tells all the time that He loves us. He tells us that He takes pleasure in providing for His children. It's a joy to God. He loves to hear from us, to help us and to guide us.
Here's us. We don't use our heads. We don't think to ask God about our circumstances. Yep. That's the 'what was I thinking' part of the equation. We fail to consult God. We, as a people, struggle to ask for help ... AND ... we struggle to listen to answers. We are so busy trying to come up with our next question that we fail to listen. We don't use our heads. Two ears and one mouth, doubling our odds for listening, instead of talking.
Job finally gets it and he shares it with us. 'Who is it that is muddying up the water, ignorantly confusing the issue, second-guessing my purposes?’ I admit it. I was the one.'
Right here. That is where Job realizes he was standing in his own way. Then he gives us the best advice ever. 'You (that would be GOD) told me, ‘Listen, and let me (that would be God) do the talking. Let me (that would be Job) ask the questions. You (again this is God's part) give the answers.’ When we let God do the talking, He can answer our questions. God talks, we listen.
When you find yourself asking the question 'what was I thinking', you know you probably forgot to ask God for His advice. He teaches and instructs us as we go through life. Learn the easier way from Job. Ask God first. Then listen.
God talks. We listen.
Job 42: 1-4 MSG
"Job answered God: “I’m convinced: You can do anything and everything. Nothing and no one can upset your plans. You asked, ‘Who is this muddying the water, ignorantly confusing the issue, second-guessing my purposes?’ I admit it. I was the one. I babbled on about things far beyond me, made small talk about wonders way over my head. You told me, ‘Listen, and let me do the talking. Let me ask the questions. You give the answers.’"