Sunday, August 12, 2012

Job 15

Today's reading in our daily plan is Job 15. 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 answers Job.
  • Eliphaz starts by chastising Job for questioning God and being angry over his current situation. This shows how little compassion Eliphaz has. Anyone could understand Job’s feelings after all he had gone through.
  • Eliphaz scolds Job and reminds him that he isn’t older than other men and therefore couldn’t be wiser. Eliphaz just can’t understand or accept Job’s anger.
  • Then Eliphaz shares with Job the wisdom he has learned from these older men. The “wisdom” he shares from these men is that wicked men suffer all their lives. Then Eliphaz throws in one last jab and says the wicked suffer because they shake their fists at God and that all they have will be taken from them and never returned.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • With friends like these guys, it’s no wonder Job isn’t in such a great mood. Eliphaz’s belief that the wicked suffer because they shake their fists at God is absurd. God can handle our anger. In fact, God tells us to bring everything to him. He wants genuine open communication with us. He already knows our hearts but he loves to hear from us, even when we don’t have anything "good" to say.
  • God can see all that is going on in our lives, and the cool thing is that he can also see what is going to happen in the future. He sees the purpose of everything that happens. We have to learn to be transparent with God and trust him in life.

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

  • What are some areas in your life where you need to trust God more? Ask God to help you. What are the things you’re angry about? Tell God about them. You’ll feel better, and he can handle it. He already knows.