Saturday, July 1, 2017

July 1 - Job 20

Today's reading in our daily plan is Job 20. 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 confronted about his situation.
  • Zophar, like all the others, criticizes Job for unrighteous living that has lead to his condition.
  • Zophar paints a picture of God and his justice toward evil. It shows how serious God takes our sin and the painful results that come because of it.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • Knowing the cause of a person's situation is difficult for us to judge. God is the only one who truly knows the heart of a person and has the ability to judge it.
  • God's justice is a real thing and Zophar gets this right. One day God will destroy sin and evil.
  • We must always choose to lead with love and not truth. Zophar and his friends are so adamant about Job knowing the "truth" that they forget he is human and in desperate need of their love and compassion.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

  • If there is sin in your life, it is important to confess it and repent (turn) from it. 
  • Though justice for sin and evil is inevitable, those who are followers of Jesus will only experience God's love and grace because Jesus took His justice upon Himself when He was crucified.