SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
- Job continues his claims of his innocence.
- Job even admits that he believed God, for some unknown reason, was causing his pain (remember: Job didn’t have the advantage we do of knowing it wasn’t God causing his pain) and still said he would follow the ways he knew would honor God.
- That really says a lot for Job’s character. He believed (albeit wrongly) that God was inflicting enormous amounts of pain on him and he refused to turn away from God. He said he would continue to do what was right until he died.
- Job went on to describe how good people will eventually “win” over evil people.
- Job is not saying that God wants us to do more good things than bad things. He is saying that, in the end, God -- the ultimate good thing -- will triumph over evil.
- Even when Job thought God was causing bad things to happen to him, he trusted God. Though Job was confused, he didn’t let his circumstances dictate his theology. He knew that God was good, even in bad circumstances. We need to develop a firm understanding of God so that circumstances don't trick us into believing things about God that aren't true.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
- When you spend time reading the Bible and talking to God, it helps you get to know him better. In what ways could you make these habits a bigger part of your routine?
- If you're in the middle of a bad situation, remember that God is good. Ask him to show you how you can grow closer to him in the middle of your circumstances.