Sunday, June 24, 2012

Job 1

Today's reading in our daily plan is Job 1. 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?)

  • The opening lines of this book inform us that Job was the greatest man among all the people of the East. Job had immense wealth, a great family and a good reputation, as we will see later.
  • Notice also that Job tried to follow God as best as he could. He would even petition God on behalf of his children just in case they had sinned or thought ill of God in their hearts. This was a man who really wanted to follow God.
  • Then we are privy to a conversation between God and Satan. It would appear that God is being mean to Job but God isn’t doing anything to Job, Satan is.
  • God knew Job’s character and allowed Satan to take away everything in a single day. In one day Job lost all his wealth (all his livestock) and all his children died. Now I’ve had bad days and I’m sure you have too but Job’s day has to top anything we’ve faced.
  • When Job received such horrific news, how did he handle it? Did he drink it away? Did he self medicate? Did he curse God? Did he even complain? No, he mourned the loss of his children but admitted everything he received was from God and God could rightfully take it away. 
  • The closing line was; “In all of this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.” Job handled this heavy news with an extreme character.

  • God was clearly pleased with Job and Satan mocked God and Job saying Job only follows God because God protects and blesses him.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • If we believe God is a loving Father and wants the best for us then we should trust him to make what we perceive as bad things into good things.
  •  God did have to allow Satan to interfere in Job’s life but God himself didn’t do anything to Job. You may be thinking this is odd, and you’d be right. But we can learn a lot from this book of the Bible about how to face troublesome times in our lives.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

  • I’m not sure I could have done the same? How about you? Forget the mountain of bad news Job faced, how about minor bad news we get? How do we handle times when we feel like we’ve gotten the short end of the stick? Do you blame God? I know I have. It’s easy as humans with limited knowledge and understanding of situations in our lives to get angry when things don’t go the way we want. But isn’t that kind of being childish?