Sunday, August 5, 2012

Job 13

Today's reading in our daily plan is Job 13. 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 continues to respond to Zophar.
  • Job reminds Zophar again that he’s not wiser than Job; the “advice” he gave Job was common knowledge among them.
  • Job went on to say that he wants to take his case to God and not hear the lies his friends are saying against him. Job tells Zophar and the rest of his company that they’re worthless and wishes they would stop talking.
  • Job went on to say that, even if God kills him, he trusts him and will talk with him face to face.
  • Then Job asks two things from God: to take away his “punishment” and to communicate with him. Job isn’t arrogant. Job just wants to communicate with God and know if he has done something wrong so he can ask forgiveness. 
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • When Job was talking to Zophar he also told them to stop speaking evil in the name of God. Today lots of people do this. People who claim to be Christians talk down to people or proclaim God’s disapproval of how they’re living their lives. And while as Christians we are supposed to keep our Christian friends accountable, we are not called to judge others. 
  • Often people use God’s name and the Bible as nothing more than an avenue for their hatred. I think it’s safe to say that this displeases God and I wouldn’t ever want to twist God’s words to spread hatred rather than love.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • God tells us very clearly in the Bible that people will see him through us by our love, not by our disapproval of their lifestyle. Let’s take a moment today and ask God if we’re guilty of using his name to spread hatred rather than love. And let’s ask God to help us to see people like he sees them and to love people like he loves them.