“Then Job answered the Lord and said: ‘Behold, I am vile; What shall I answer You? I lay my hand over my mouth. Once I have spoken, but I will not answer; Yes, twice, but I will proceed no further’.” Job 40:3-5
When God confronted Job with His power and majesty, Job responded with absolute humility. The chastened man didn’t try to defend himself or rationalize his feelings. He confessed his humanity, then shut his mouth. Even after Job acknowledged his insignificance and presumption, God delivered a second speech, graphically describing His power to control everything. God said He glories in the might of behemoth and the ferocity of leviathan, and asked Job if he dare go near either one. This time Job responded with deep repentance, clearly marking the difference between his friends and him.
Good leaders feel secure enough to repent when wrong. They don’t have to project their self-worth, defend their every move, or make excuses for their failures. In the end, God rebuked Job’s friends and rewarded Job–but not until the end.
(Source: John Maxwell)