When Right Is Wrong
“Then answered Zophar the Naamathite, and said, Therefore do my thoughts cause me to answer, and for this I make haste.”
Many of the things that Job’s friends said were true, but they were wrong. When you take the statements that they made without looking at Job’s life, those statements were true; however, when you look at why Job was enduring such heartache, you quickly realize that what they said was wrong. These men were right with their statements, but they were wrong with their application of truth.
Many people often make the same mistake that these men made. It is very possible to be right with what you say, but be wrong at the same time with your application of what you said. Let me point out three times when what you say is right but is also wrong at the same time.
First, right is wrong when you don’t know the whole story. These men didn’t know the whole story; therefore, all the accusations against Job were wrong. You must be careful about speaking before you know the whole story. Many people have had to swallow their pride and admit their wrong because they spoke before they knew the whole story. You must be careful that you don’t speak about a situation, person or action before you know the whole story.
Second, right is wrong when you’re using right as a weapon to hurt and destroy. Using truth as a tool to attack people is wrong. Truth is never meant to be a tool to attack; rather, truth is used as a tool to expose error so you can help the one in the error.
Third, right is wrong when right is taken out of context to fit your narrative. Trying to reshape truth to fit your situation is wrong. Truth must be spoken in the context for which God intended for that truth. Taking statements of truth and packaging them to justify your wrong doesn’t make your situation right. Truth must be used in the context that God intended for it to be used.
Let me give you three applications on the use of truth. First, don’t read into situations when you don’t know the situation. Be careful about trying to read into situations because most of the time you will find yourself to be wrong. The best habit to form is to take the situation or the statement as it is without trying to read into them.
Second, don’t speak for God; He can do a good enough job for Himself. God doesn’t need you to be the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit can do His work much better than you can do it. Many people try to help God out by speaking for Him to “change” someone’s life when you just need to let the Holy Spirit do His work in their life.
Third, you know what is right for yourself; therefore, it is better to deal with yourself than to try to fix the “broken” situations in another’s life. The best thing you can do is work on the areas of your life that need to be worked on instead of trying to fix everyone else’s problems. Your problems that need fixing are certainly more pressing than for you to be the spiritual policeman to try to fix everyone else. If you will fix what is broken in your life, you will have a better chance of God using you to fix the broken. Stop trying to play God in everyone’s life and let God be God. If you will submit yourself to God and fix your problems, God can use you to be a tool to help others to get their lives back on track for Him.