SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
- Job expresses his deep anguish and bitterness honestly to God.
- Job directs his complaint and pain toward God and not other people.
- When Job received bad advice from Eliphaz, he turned to God instead.
- Job feels as though his suffering in disproportionate to the weight of his being.
- God is watching all of this happen and Job feels as though He is mercilessly watching him squirm in misery.
- God is always available to hear from us--whether it is to praise him or complain to him.
- Many people will give bad advice to us. God will always lead us to the truth.
- Some people will say, "God will never give you more than you can handle." That's not from the Bible. The Bible does say in 1 Corinthians 10:13 that God won't allow temptation to be more than you can handle. But God will allow us to experience difficult circumstances that are more than we can handle because it forces us to depend on His strength. When we do it deepens our faith in God and our relationship with Him.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
- How often do you take time to express your thoughts and feeling to God? God desires regular communication with you.
- Is there anything you've been holding back from saying to him? Maybe you need to take some time right now to have an honest conversation with God?
- If you go to friends who are prone to give bad advice, search for better counsel.
- Remember that God is a good father. Good father's will allow their children to go through difficult circumstances, but will show compassion all along the way and will be there to help.