SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
- Job let's Bildad know that he agrees with the principle he's put forth -- that the wicked will ultimately perish. But, still, Job is confused by his situation, because that principle doesn't apply to his situation.
- Job still can't figure out why he is the one experiencing suffering when he watches others live painlessly.
- Job is becoming more and more impatient with his situation. It doesn't seem there is a light at the end of the tunnel for his suffering.
- We will never fully understand God and His ways. It is natural for us to feel confused about our situation at times.
- Impatience is often a byproduct of suffering. When we suffer for long periods of time it is difficult to remain patient. God will often allow us to go through a period of suffering to increase our level of patience.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
- Fully understanding God is not possible, but understanding Him better is. One of our goals as a Christian is to know God more and more each day by reading the Bible and praying.
- It's tempting to compare our situation to others. But, comparison never leads to anything good, especially when we are in pain.
- Impatience is something we all struggle with. Think of some ways you are impatient and ask God to increase your patience in those areas.