Sunday, August 19, 2012

Job 17

Today's reading in our daily plan is Job 17. 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?)

  • Job is continuing his response to Eliphaz in this chapter but he really doesn’t address him at all.

  • Instead, Job directs his words towards God; in a rather odd twist after the conclusion of the last chapter. Job declares he feels his life is nearly over and asks God to protect what little reputation he has left.
  • Job says God has made his life so bad that people consider his name a curse word. But then he says people are not wise. In fact, Job says they think one way but the opposite is what is true. I’m sure this has to do with the horrible “advice” his friends were giving him.
  • But in the end, Job says he can’t just desire death because then where is his hope.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • Have you noticed how frequently the ends of the chapter Job is talking in change their tone? Honestly, doesn’t that happen to us as well? We think one thing of God or life, and then quickly think another.

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • We can really “love” God when things are going good but when something outside of our plans for our lives happens we can lose that feeling of love towards God. If that’s true of you (as unfortunately it is of me) then how much do we really love God? God’s love for us is unchanging. Shouldn’t we at least try to be the same in our affections towards him . . . after all he doesn’t owe us anything but we owe God everything. Just something to think about . . .