Saturday, May 20, 2017

May 20 - Job 8

Today's reading in our daily plan is Job 8. 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?)
  • Bildad (another of Job's friends) confronts Job for his continued suffering. Bildad's argument is similar to Eliphaz. He claims Job will experience relief if he just confesses his sin and wrongdoing to God.
  • Bildad feels as though Job is questioning God's justice. Bildad believes God would not punish a just man; therefore, Job must be unjust.
  • Bildad wrongly assumes Job is trusting in something other than God for security. However he is right that when we place our trust in something other than God, it will not fully support us.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • Though we may have good intentions, it is not correct for us to assume we know the heart of another person or God's purpose with a person.
  • There is no gray area in God's justice -- there is right and wrong. But, there is gray area in a person's circumstances. It's not always clear as to why a person may be struggling or suffering.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Be careful not judge a person's heart simply because of their circumstances. Instead, be willing to listen and show compassion.
  • Take time to consider if you are placing your trust in something other than God. If so, ask God to help you place your trust solely in Him.