Friday, July 13, 2012

Job 6

Today's reading in our daily plan is Job 6. 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, Job replies to Eliphaz’s words to him.
  • Job begins by justifying why he was so harsh in wishing he would die. Job said he was in such pain and for some reason, God seemed strangely absent during it all. Therefore, Job felt it better to die than to live in such a way, in extreme pain without God.
  • Then Job turns his words to Eliphaz’s comments. Job said that a despairing person should at least have the devotion of his friends but he didn’t have that. Job told his friend that he was undependable and disappointing, worse they were cruel and unwilling to help him.
  • Despite how much misery Job was in his major concern was for the needs of his soul. He longed to hear words that would feed his spirit instead of sickening him more.
  • Job again pleaded with God to have mercy on him and end his life. Job’s words may sound angry but Job was being totally transparent before a God that he knew already knew him completely. Job ended his words about God with expressing his only consolation, that he had not denied God.
  • In the end, Job softened his tone a bit and pleaded with them to show him where he had sinned. Job said his integrity was at stake and apparently he valued that over life itself. Job told Eliphaz to look at him again; obviously, Job’s poignant words had embarrassed Eliphaz to the point of not being able to even look at his friend.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • Few people suffer in life as much Job endured but for those who do (and all of us in some way) reading the brutally honest words of Job are a comfort. At times we too feel such rage but been too ashamed to express it to God. Job, however, had such an authentic relationship with God that he wouldn’t hold anything back from, not even his anger. This authenticity is something we should learn from Job. God already knows our hearts but he tells us that he desires us to share our hearts with him. 

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

  • Take a moment today and being totally honest with God about what’s going on in your life and how you feel about it. You’ll find it does more for you than you would think. 
  • Another thing we can learn from this chapter is what a real friend looks like. Often when someone is suffering we want to tell them what they’re doing wrong or how to fix it (and sometimes that’s necessary) but next time let us take a moment and discern if maybe our friend just needs us to be a sympathetic and devoted friend. We don’t always have to fix things; we usually can’t anyways. But we can always be a good friend.