“because I rescued the poor who cried for help, and the fatherless who had none to assist him. The man who was dying blessed me; I made the widow’s heart sing.”

Yesterday I wrote about how Job was known for his commitment to the poor and vulnerable more than he was known for his wealth–a point that, for me, was lost until last weekend.

In reading over this passage the last few days, I’ve been impressed by the action-orientation of Job’s commitment. He rescued and assisted people. Not only that, but he was close enough to hear their cries, blessings, and songs.

There’s been a lot of political advocacy in Jesus’ name, and I’ve often been drawn into it. However, the most important lesson Job might be teaching me–a lesson exemplified even better by Christ himself–is the primacy of doing justice over convincing others to do it. Personal action over advocacy.