Saturday, April 29, 2017

April 29 - Job 2

Today's reading in our daily plan is Job 2. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • Satan is given another opportunity to destroy Job's faith in God. God willingly allows Satan to test Job--proving once again that Job's faith is relentless and strong.
  • Satan tests Job a second time. This time through physical suffering. Job is struck by disease and illness.
  • Job's wife encourages Job to curse God and let go of his integrity. But, Job continues to refuse.
  • Job's three friends--Eliphaz, Bildad, and Shuhitep--visit Job and have great sympathy for him. 
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • Job says, "Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?" Meaning: trusting God is needed at all times, not just when things are going well.
  • Physical suffering can often cause a person's faith to flounder. However, Job is an example that even physical suffering shouldn't rattle our faith. Instead, we should continue to trust God.
  • When tragedy or difficulty hit, it is good to have a community of people to sympathize and comfort you.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • If you were in Job's shoes, how do you think you would respond?
  • God allows us to go through physical suffering to test and strengthen our faith. Will you continue to trust God even when physical suffering is real?
  • Community is vital when we go through difficult times. We encourage everyone at Verve to be in a Verve Group because of this.