SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
- Eliphaz continues to (wrongly) claim that the wicked and foolish experience suffering--the righteous do not.
- Eliphaz encourages Job to bring his suffering to God.
- There is a place for God's discipline and correction in our lives - we need that. However, discipline and correction are not the only reasons people suffer.
- When a person is suffering, it is wise to bring their circumstances and pain to God.
- Discipline and correction from God can be a reason for our suffering. It is always God's intent to grow us and this can often happen through His discipline.
- Just because we are suffering does not necessarily mean God is disciplining us. It does mean that God wants to deepen our faith through the suffering.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
- When you are suffering or in agony, do you take time to bring your concerns and pain to God?
- Is there an area of your life where you feel God may be correcting you to grow you in your faith?
- The reason for suffering isn't always easy to figure out. Take time to consider any possible sin in your life or areas God may be correcting you. If neither of those seem to be the source, it may be that what's happening is random, but God can still use your experience to help you to grow.