SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
- Job agonizes over his situation. Though he doesn't curse God for it, he does curse the day he was born.
- Job's agony shows the realism of suffering in our world.
- Job's grief places him at the crossroads of his faith, shattering many misconceptions about God (such as: he makes your chi, always keeps you from trouble and pain, or protects your loved ones).
- We learn from Job that lamenting our situation is not only normal, but biblical. It's ok to be sad, frustrated, and overwhelmed.
- God wants to know our heart. When things aren't going well, God is ok with us letting him know.
- We must always walk a fine line between lamenting our situation and cursing God for it.
- God isn't as concerned about our comfort and well-being as He is about the depth of our faith.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
- Is there something in your life that is causing your agony or frustration? Tell God about it. Be real and let Him know where you are and what you need.
- God is more concerned about the depth of your faith than the level of your comfort. How has God grown your faith through the trials of your life?