Sunday, April 30, 2017

April 30 - Job 3

Today's reading in our daily plan is Job 3. 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?)
  • 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).
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • 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?