Taking the High Road
After Job endures criticism and condemnation from his friends, he finally has the opportunity to get even. God tells of His displeasure with His friends, apparently giving Job now an opportunity to say, "I told you so." Instead, Job prays for the redemption of his friends. This is a most unusual turn of events in the character of the fallen condition of man. We typically want revenge and retaliation when we are wronged. This is a game that is played among the cultures to save face and avoid embarrassment.
Being guided by our emotions we want to carry out justice and not mercy. However, the highroad displays a much different scenario. It wraps itself in unconditional love, forgiveness, and refuses to play the games of injustice and an eye for an eye principle. When we are guided by our redeemed character and God's values, we become proactive and live above mere human standards. This is the picture of one who takes the high road. Job sums up the high road when he says, "I have uttered what I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know." Job 42:3