Sunday, July 1, 2012

Job 3

Today's reading in our daily plan is Job 3. 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?)

  • Today Job breaks the silence since his last afflictions have fallen upon him.
  • Job curses the day he was born and wishes he had never lived; which is understandable considering all that he’s gone through.
  • By the way on a side note, I’ve been asked by people sometimes if the Bible talks about dinosaurs? In verse 8 Job mentions the “Leviathan” and many scholars believe this may have been a dinosaur who lived in the oceans. We don’t know for sure but thought I’d share that with you . . . back to the discussion at hand.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • The beauty of the book of Job is the depths and thoroughness in dealing with the relationship of human suffering to divine justice. This is something all of us have considered at times and some people are never able to get past. Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people? Somehow we’re ok with bad things happening to bad people but not good people. Job deals with why there is human suffering at all.

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

  • Notice in all of Job’s complaint he never asks God to restore what he’s lost. Have you ever had a time like we read in Job’s life today, where things have gotten so bad you wish you had never been born? I have. I can completely empathize with Job’s words. Job never questions God he simply wants it to be over and we’ll eventually see how God responds to Job. 
  • Take heart in knowing that we can be brutally honest with God and he is always there for us to vent to. Sometimes that’s all we need, isn’t it? Take some time today and share honestly how you feel about your life with God. Don’t church it up just be real with God. That’s what he wants from us, authenticity.