SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
- In this chapter we read about how, because of his situation, Job has lost favor among people who used to look up to him. His sufferings have impacted much more than just his family or health — they've ruined his reputation.
- Because of his limited understanding of why he was going through these things, Job assumes God was responsible. And though he does not turn from God, he thinks, for some reason, that he has lost favor with God.
- Job also thinks he has lost hope for a better future.
- Even though he assumed God caused his pain, Job refused to turn from God. Job still wouldn’t dishonor God’s name. He admitted to not understanding but refused to change his allegiance.
- We go through tough times and, if they last long enough, we start to believe there is no hope for a better future.
- However, the truth is that God does offer a better future. It may look differently than we expect, but it will be better. We have to be willing to trust and follow God no matter what the future holds.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
- If you're in the middle of a painful situation -- if you feel like you've lost your good standing with people around you -- ask God to show you his goodness.
- Do you know someone who is going through a difficult time? What could you do today to remind them of God's goodness? Could you call them to tell them you're praying for them, or send them an encouraging text?