Saturday, September 2, 2017

September 2 - Job 38

Today's reading in our daily plan is Job 38. 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?)
  • In this chapter the book of Job seemingly wakes up; God speaks. God speaks to Job. After all he has been through and all the things Job has said to and or about God, now God speaks.
  • You may have heard people before say God has “spoke to them,” but for Job it was for real; God literally spoke to him from a storm. 
  • God tells Job to stand up and speak to him like a man and then tells Job he’s about to ask him some questions. 
  • God asks Job a series of questions that sobers Job’s mind and shakes him into the realization that God doesn’t owe Job any response to his questions. He lets Job know he has no place to question God’s attention, intentions or love. God asks Job if he was around for the process of creation? Or if he had ever commanded the morning to begin? Or if Job had ever had dominion over death itself? Or if Job knew where light or wind actually came from?  
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • Our pain in life can seem pointless. If it is just pointless suffering with no purpose, then it would only rationally lead us to the conclusion that God lacks compassion for us.
  • However, in reading God's response to Job, we learn that even if we can’t see the purpose behind the suffering, we can still trust God.
  • We won’t always have an answer for our pain but God is always in control and can use it for our good, the benefit of others and/or to his glory if we will only trust him. 
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

  • What pain do you need to trust God with today? Take some time and talk with God about it now. Ask him to help you see your situation the way he wants you to see it, and to use it to grow you closer to him.