Sunday, July 8, 2012

Job 5

Today's reading in our daily plan is Job 5. 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, Eliphaz continues his discourse to Job. It’s really a lot more of the same.
  • The opening lines of this chapter Eliphaz tells Job it’s pointless to call out to any of the gods. This clearly shows that Eliphaz doesn’t have faith in our relationship with Job’s God.
  • Then Eliphaz seems to mock Job and says, “But if I were you, I would call on God.” He’s saying; “I don’t believe in your God cares but since you do then if I were you I would call on God.” As Eliphaz concludes his words to Job he basically calls him a fool. He already told Job he didn’t believe God really cares about humankind but sees that to Job God is “real.” 

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • Eliphaz basically is patronizing and saying, “sure, you go ahead and call on God if that makes you feel better.” We’ve all come in contact with people like that in our lives. Honestly, I like talking with them, many of them are really challenging the beliefs they were told to have grown up. Most people who claim to be Christians simply believe what someone else tells them to believe. As followers of Jesus it’s our responsibility and privilege to have a relationship with God and learn what is true; not rely on others to tell us what to believe. 

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

  • The next time you encounter someone who mocks your faith, instead of being offended take the time to initiate a conversation with them about it. I’d be willing to bet it will cause you to learn something more about your faith and perhaps you can help them in their journey as well.