Saturday, August 11, 2012

Job 14

Today's reading in our daily plan is Job 14. 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 a continuation of the one before it, in which Job responds to Zophar.
  • In the first few lines Job reflects on how all human beings have a very short time on earth.
  • He also thinks through why God would want anything to do with us at all. Job realizes that we are all capable of sin and displeasing God. Because humanity is so disappointing, Job wishes that God wouldn't even look at mankind.
  • Job again wishes that God would allow him to die. Job even suggests that God should let him die and then resurrect him when God’s anger has subsided. He doesn’t know the story of his life like we do (after the fact), so he thinks his misfortune must be because God is displeased with him for some reason.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • Job wants to please God and can’t recall any wrong he had done. And Job still believes God is capable of miraculous things, like raising him from the dead. Job is just feeling a little hopeless. 

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

  • We’ve all felt like this before, haven’t we? Like we just can’t get it right. The thing with Job is that he had gotten it right and he was still going through tough times. This is what is so confusing for him.
  • God never promises us a perfect life but he does promise to always be there with us. Are you going through a tough time right now? Take your worries, sadness, fears, and anger to God. He’s big enough for them all and wants to comfort you through this season.