“If thou canst answer me, set thy words in order before me, stand up.”
When I was a young boy, there were times when I fell down that my mother would say to me, “Get up and stop your whining.” My mother didn’t want to raise a whiny boy who complained and whined every time something hurt me. She understood the importance of getting up and moving on. She understood that sitting and whining about a skinned up knee wasn’t going to change my situation or heal the skinned knee. She understood that the best way to get over my fall was to get up and move on.
Job was told three times to get up. In the verse above, Job was told by Elihu to “stand up.” Twice, God told Job, “Gird up thy loins now like a man…” What was God saying to Job? He was telling Job to get up and move on. God knew that the best action for recovery is to get up. God knew that sitting and sulking would never help Job to get out of his self-pity party that he was having.
This advice that was given to Job to get up is the best advice for every believer who finds themselves having a bad day or even a bad spot in life. Let’s face it; everybody hits a bad time in life. Certainly, most people have never gone through what Job did, but everyone hits a bad spot in life where we find ourselves having a pity party and feeling sorry for ourselves. The best thing any believer can do when they are feeling sorry for themselves is to get up. Just like my mother used to tell me to get up and stop my whining, so every believer needs to get up and stop whining. Let me give you a few statements about the importance of getting up.
First, sitting and sulking never changes a situation. Sitting and sulking may make you feel good about feeling sorry for yourself, but you will find that your situation will only get worse the longer you sit. The longer you sit, the more time you waste that could have been used to get yourself out of your situation. No bad situation has ever been resolved by sitting and sulking about it. The pity-party syndrome that many live in has only kept them from taking their situation and turning it into good. You will continue to live in your bad spot of life as long as you sit, sulk and whine about how bad you have it.
Second, getting up is the only answer to changing your mindset about your situation. Once Job stood up, he saw that God was right and he was wrong. Once he stood up, he saw the power of God to help him with his situation. You can’t see the answers to getting out of your situation as long as you sit and whine about it, but your perspective to seeing positive actions to take will only be seen when you get up. My friend, if you want your situation to change you are going to have to get up.
Third, getting up is the first action towards recovery. Your situation will never change as long as you sit and sulk in it. The only way to improve your situation is by getting up. You can sit and make your situation worse, or you can get up and take actions to changing your situation.
My friend, I don’t know what you are facing today, but let me say to you what my mother told me; GET UP and stop your whining. These may be tough words to swallow, but you will never help yourself or your condition as long as you sit and whine. You have a life to live, so let me encourage you to get up.