Sunday, August 6, 2017

August 6 - Job 31

Today's reading in our daily plan is Job 31. 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?)
  • This chapter begins with Job saying he has promised himself not to lust after a woman. His statement shows that he sees women as valuable and seeks to honor them. In Job's culture, women were considered kind of like property for men. This statement shows a deep level of character for Job and is most likely a result of his relationship with God.
  • Job also admits God sees everything he does, and Job welcomes God to deal with him for any sin he’s committed against him or people.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • Job’s words in this chapter are poignant. He welcomes God to judge the way he interacts with his wife, the poor, the needy, and even his enemies. Job clearly believes that he had lived blamelessly in every way before God.
  • We should always be open to God changing the way we interact with other people. We should seek to become more Christlike in our interactions, and to invite God to show us how we can do so.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Is there an area of your life God has been trying to get your attention about? Maybe an unhealthy relationship, or a bad habit, or something from your past? Ask God to make you more Christlike in the way you deal with every part of your life.