Saturday, June 24, 2017

June 24 - Job 18

Today's reading in our daily plan is Job 18. 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?)
  • Another of Job's friends, Bildad, expresses his frustration with Job's perspective of his circumstances.
  • Bildad is aggressive in his assertion that Job is experiencing dire circumstances because of sin.
  • Bildad makes the claim at the end that Job is so off-point that he "knows not God."
  • His assumption is that he knows God and God's motives better than Job. 
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • Once again, the character of the people we surround ourselves with are critical when face difficult times. 
  • We often like to lead with truth when what a person needs is love. Bildad's lack of compassion and mercy makes Job's situation that much more difficult.
  • Saying someone doesn't know God because they are suffering is salt in the wound. Bildad's comment to Job goes beyond hurtful.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

  • Consider the people "in your corner" these days. Are they the kinds of people who will surround you with love and compassion when hard times come?
  • What is your tendency: to lead with love or truth when someone is facing something difficult?
  • Have you been hurt by something someone has said recently? Have you said something that has hurt someone recently? How can you either forgive or be forgiven for the words spoken?