Saturday, May 13, 2017

May 13 - Job 6

Today's reading in our daily plan is Job 6. 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 compares his friend's advice to tasteless food.
  • It was Job's hope that God would take his life from him so he wouldn't have to suffer nor be tempted to curse and blame God.
  • Despite Job's desperation he continues to be in a right relationship with God and move forward in his faith.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • When people are going through severe trials, ill-advised counsel is distasteful. Be slow to give advice to those who are hurting. They often need compassionate listening more than they need advice.
  • To trust God in difficult times tests us and exercises our faith.
  • Despite his circumstances Job remains obedient to God to the best of his ability.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Compassion is often what is most needed when someone is suffering. When you see someone suffering, is your natural reaction to give advice or compassion? 
    • Is there someone who is hurting and could use a phone call from you, or an invite to coffee?
  • If you have ever been in a state of depression, know that God understands and that people like Job example how we are to best deal with it--through honesty and faithfulness.