Saturday, August 18, 2012

Job 16

Today's reading in our daily plan is Job 16. 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 responds to Eliphaz.
  • Job tells them they are horrible comforters and asks when their long speeches are going to end? He’s telling them he’s grown tired of their company and advice.
  • Furthermore, Job tells them their advice was dumb because he could say the same things to them if they were in his place. But Job says instead of judging them he would show them compassion and comfort them.
  • Then Job tries to describe to the agony he is in and reflects on it that God must be angry at him.
  • Then in verses, 19-21 Job shows some very interesting insight. He’s talking about Jesus (whether he knows it or not) and Jesus wasn’t born for hundreds of years after Job lived. We can only assume that in the midst of his sufferings God had revealed more of himself to Job and shown to him that he did indeed have a friend in heaven speaking up for him.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • Job’s friends were horrible friends. They were judgmental and gave horrible advice. In this chapter, we see how terrible Job described his predicament. Then the end he shows us how God had revealed more of himself to Job. That is exactly how God acts. 
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

  • Often it’s when we are at our lowest that God shows us extra grace and gives us a clearer understanding of him somehow. It has often been times like this in my life that has left me thankful for my struggles in life. How about you? Has that ever happened to you? Or are you going through a tough time right now? Is God showing you anything?