SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
- Eliphaz sees suffering as the result of sinning against God. He asserts it's God's punishment on us for the sin in our lives.
- According to Eliphaz, in order to subside the suffering Job needs to confess his sins.
- Eliphaz wrongly assumes that a good and innocent person will never suffer and that because Job is suffering he must have done something wrong in God's eyes.
- It is true that those who promote sin and trouble eventually will be punished; but it's not true that anyone who is good and innocent will never suffer.
- Everybody, regardless of their level of morality will at times experience suffering.
- God uses suffering to increase our faith.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
- Do you believe that if you follow God, you will no longer experience suffering? If so, it's important for you to understand that's not the case. We live in a messed up world, and we suffer because of it. No one is exempt.
- When suffering comes we should view it as a chance to grow. How have you seen growth in your life as the result of suffering? In what way are you suffering now? How could it be a path to increased growth for you?