Saturday, September 9, 2017

September 9 - Job 40

Today's reading in our daily plan is Job 40. 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 starts out with God asking, “Who is the person who will argue with me?” Job shows his humility by realizing that he shouldn’t have spoken ill of God. Job admits that he spoke out of ignorance but wouldn’t make that mistake again. God responds by telling Job to stand up like a man and be questioned by God.
  • God asks Job a piercing question: “Would you blame me to make yourself look right?” In other words, had Job complained about God because he wanted to make himself look better and wiser?
  • (Side note: People wonder if dinosaurs are mentioned in the Bible. There are two places in the Bible where creatures are described that feature characteristics like dinosaurs, and this chapter is one of them. In verse 15 God refers to the “Behemoth,” which sounds similar to the Brachiosaurus. Either way, it’s a huge lizard known for its size and strength.) 
  • In his suffering, Job complained about God. This is understandable and we’ve all done it. The shocking thing for Job is that God answered him. Job realized that it was wrong to question God’s love and justice. 
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • What would God say to you? Would God have specific things in your life to point out?
  • We should strive to live a life that is lived well before God, to always have a healthy respect for God.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

  • Have you been complaining to (or about) God because he's not responding the way you want? While it's true that God welcomes our feelings and questions and doubt, we need to make sure that doesn't turn into unhealthy pride. If there's an area of your life where you're tempted to feel wiser than God, ask Him to make that known and to take those feelings away from you.