Sunday, August 26, 2012

Job 19

Today's reading in our daily plan is Job 19. 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?)

  • Here we read Job’s response to Bildad and man it’s an ardent one.
  • Job begins as it seems he must begin every response by these group of friends now; by asking how long Bildad will hut him with his words? Job even numbers the painful remarks showing that Job hasn’t missed a single one.
  • Then Job makes a great point that clearly was missed by his friends. Job said if he’s sinned then it is his worry alone. Job is just asking for some comfort and even agrees if he had sinned then it would be his worry and not theirs. But Job gets at the heart of all his friends' remarks when he said they are only using him and his sufferings to try and make themselves feel better than Job.
  • Then Job goes on a short rant of how he feels utterly abandoned by God, his family and most clearly his friends.
  • Job made an interesting statement when he expressed his desire to have his words remembered forever. Obviously, God honored Job’s wishes since we’re still reading his words today.
  • Lastly, Job warns his friends to ease up on their attacks because he knew their hearts and their motives to be wrong and that God would eventually avenge him. This is interesting because most people would want people like these to be punished by God but it would appear that maybe Job didn’t. It’s ironic how sometimes our suffering can bring such spiritual clarity.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • At the end of this chapter, Job shows his heart towards God most clearly. Job said he knew one day he would stand face to face with God and that was his heart’s greatest desire. Despite his suffering, confusion and feeling abandoned (even by God) Job never lost sight of his love for God. We should take note and learn from Job’s commitment to God. Often we turn our backs on God for the slightest stumble much less the vast sufferings Job went through.

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

  • Can you identify with being bitter towards God for something rather minor? Or maybe like Job you’ve experienced some real tragedy and are angry at God. Take time to talk to him about it, or shout at him or cry or whatever. Just know that God is big enough to handle your pain, and he wants to.