“I helped those without hope, and they blessed me. And I caused the widow’s hearts to sing for joy. Everything I did was honest. Righteousness covered me like a robe, and I wore justice like a turban. I served as eyes for the blind and feet for the lame. I was a father to the poor and assisted strangers who needed help.”
— Job 29:13-16
Job, in answering his critics, speaks of what he considers the best things about his life. He said, “I served as eyes to the blind and feet for the lame.”
Anyone who can say that has made good use of his life. God has called us to be “all things to all men that by any means we might save some”(1 Corinthians 9:22). Job’s estimation of a useful life was meeting people at the point of their need.
Job faced it…people who were entrenched in their faith. They were dug in and did not want to be disturbed. They “had theirs” and were not really concerned about anyone else’s needs. They were content to “ride out the storm.” They were perfectly content to be “armchair quarterbacks” and criticize what everybody else was doing or not doing.
Job could have followed the flow of entrenchment but instead chose to be engaged. He opened himself up to people and their needs. He chose to be “a father to the poor and an assistant to the stranger.”
It’s easier to be entrenched. It takes passion and work to be engaged. It is a risk to reach…reach anyway! We must not settle for entrenchment when God has called us to engage a world that is hurting, hungry, filthy, defiant and dying! Whatever it takes, we must be all things to all men!