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.
- 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.