Saturday, July 28, 2012

Job 10

Today's reading in our daily plan is Job 10. 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 is the closing statements Job made in reply to Bildad (check out the July 22nd post for part one of this exchange).
  • In this chapter Job again cries out about his sorrowful condition. He turns his words from his friends and towards God. He called on God, not for healing (which, interestingly, Job never does) but instead because he wanted to know why he was suffering. 
  • Job said some very direct, borderline disrespectful -- or even heretical -- words to God in this chapter. Job never cursed God; Job simply couldn’t understand why he was going through all this pain. He couldn’t understand why God would turn his back on him.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • If we're honest, we may often feel like God turns his back on us when we’re going through tough times. We, fortunately, have the outside perspective on Job’s life to know that God didn’t turn his back on Job. God promised to never leave you. You, as his child, must hold on to his promise and believe even when circumstances can feel contrary.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • If we had the outside perspective on our own lives, how would it change how we feel about God during our difficulties?
  • What are you going through right now? How do you think your beliefs or actions would change if you had another perspective? Ask God to help you to trust him even when things appear bleak.