Saturday, July 22, 2017

July 22 - Job 26

Today's reading in our daily plan is Job 26. 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?)
  • Job begins to unload his thoughts.
  • As we start reading this chapter, we can feel the frustration in Job’s words. He tells his “friends” that they are no help and that their advice lacks wisdom.
  • One of the recurring themes in Job's thoughts was that he was innocent.  However, his friends didn't accept this reasoning. Bildad had said it was impossible for Job to be innocent.
  • In his response, Bildad had reduced humans to worms in light of God’s power. 
  • Job begins a sort of poem of God’s omnipotence. "Omnipotence" is a word we don’t use very often. It means God’s power is without end. Unlike Bildad, who had described God's power as being harmful to humans, Job sees God's power as an opportunity for humanity to reconcile and overcome the human-sized obstacles of the world,
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • Often people think of God as a distant god, like Bildad did. They think that if there is a God, he must be distant and not care about lowly humans. This thinking shows a lack of understanding of God.
  • God is closer than we think. He’s everywhere, and he wants everyone to experience his grace.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

  • You may find, as many people do, that your view of God is really a view handed down to you from your family but isn’t something you’ve wrestled with and made your own.
  • God welcomes our questions so we can know him ourselves. If there's a question you've been wrestling with, talk to God about it and ask him to reveal the answer to you (even if the answer may not be what you hope or expect).