SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
- Job naturally points to God as the enemy in his situation. But, it is Satan who is the enemy and causing the pain he's going through.
- God has gone silent for Job. Though Job calls out for God, God doesn't answer. Though God is present He has chosen to remain quiet.
- Job mentions all the people that he has lost as a result of his circumstances.
- Job begs that his words be recorded for all to remember. He would get his wish.
- Job ends chapter 19 with words of praise, saying: I know my Redeemer lives. He knows God has not abandoned or given up on him.
- Though God will allow us to go through times of suffering, it is not God who inflicts the pain. Our real enemy is Satan.
- There will be times when God goes silent in our lives. When He does it's important to continue to be faithful like Job.
- Though we will experience suffering it is important to always remember God is still alive and well.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
- Having you been pointing your finger at God for your circumstances? If so, remember who is the real enemy (Satan) and begin to pray against his evil ways.
- Has God gone silent in your life? If so, what does it look like to remain faithful in this time?
- It's easy to forget that in the end God will win. While we will experience hard times and suffering for a short time, God will live forever. Remind yourself that your Redeemer still lives and will have the last word.