Saturday, August 25, 2012

Job 18

Today's reading in our daily plan is Job 18. 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 Bildad responds again to Job; and not any better than previously.
  • Have you noticed that Bildad’s name sounds a lot like Bilbo from Lord of the Rings? Sorry, that’s not a significant insight but watch, now you’ll think it each time you read his name. You’re welcome.
  • Bildad (not Bilbo) had some rather harsh words for Job. He asks Job when he will stop with his silly speeches?
  • Then Bildad describes what he believes happens to the “wicked” and, in a total jerk move, describes everything that happened to Job; from losing his wealth and health to his children dying. I seriously can’t believe the insensitivity of this guy.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • One thing we can certainly learn from Job’s “friends” is how to not comfort a friend in troubled times. There’s nothing wrong with calling a fellow believer of sin in their lives. But even that should be done in as loving of a way as possible. 
  • On a side note, I don’t believe we should point out sin in a person’s life who doesn’t follow God. It just doesn’t make sense and this is something that a lot of Christians, unfortunately, feel the need to do. But why would we hold someone accountable to a standard they have agreed to adhere to? Just seems odd to me and it’s not something we see Jesus do a lot of either. 

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

  • When talking to another person let’s try to lead with love. Let’s honor that person just because they’re made in the image of our God. So the next time you’re talking with someone think the best of them and show them love no matter what.