Sunday, June 18, 2017

June 18 - Job 17

Today's reading in our daily plan is Job 17. 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?)
  • Once again, Job is consumed with a sense of hopelessness and defeat.
  • Job justifies his responses to his friends and knows that his unwillingness to appease their opinions reflects his commitment to integrity.
  • Endurance in pain and suffering is vital to the building of Job's character.
  • Job expresses how dire his circumstances are and the hopelessness that has come from it.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • When it comes to responding to other people's opinions, integrity is more important than flattery. 
  • Character is often built while a person endures pain and suffering.
  • Dire circumstances often lead to a deep sense of hopelessness.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

  • When your integrity is at stake, are you prone to compromise it to save face with someone or stay true to your character?
  • Endurance in pain and suffering is required to move forward in life. Pray that God would give you the endurance you need now or in the future.
  • Express the difficulty in your life and any area where you may be experiencing hard times or hopelessness.