Saturday, August 4, 2012

Job 12

Today's reading in our daily plan is Job 12. 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 Zophar’s words.
  • Job called Zophar out on his egotistical attitude.
  • Job matches Zophar’s harshness with sarcasm, saying; “I doubt wisdom will die with you.” Job is telling Zophar that he’s not as smart as he thinks he is.
  • Job eloquently expresses that everything and everyone is in God’s hands. Job is proclaiming God’s power and sovereignty over all creation. Job also says that God has the freedom to do anything he chooses.
  • Job answered Zophar’s question: “Can you fathom the mysteries of God? ... What can you know?” Job admitted that there was much of God that was a mystery to him, but he had this mystery figured out as much as his “friends” did. 
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • There is a lot about God we can learn in the Bible but there is infinitely more that we can’t understand. This shouldn’t be a reason to doubt or turn from God. Instead, this should be one of the driving factors for us to press further into God to understand him more. Who wants to serve a God they can fully understand.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • If we can understand everything about God and what he does, we are just as wise and powerful as he is. I, for one, find comfort in knowing that my God knows and understands the things I don’t. Take some time today that thank God for being bigger than the things we don’t understand in life. And thank him for loving us enough to care about the small things in our life. If you have any frustration or confusion in life, talk to God about them.