Saturday, September 22, 2012

Job 26

Today's reading in our daily plan is Job 26. 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, we start a long run of hearing Job’s thoughts.
  • As we start reading this chapter we can feel the frustration in Job’s words. He tells his “friends” that they are no help to the helpless and their words lack wisdom.
  • Bildad clearly struck a nerve with Job. In all of Job’s responses to his companions, he was showing nothing was more important to him than being shown innocent. However, his friends just wouldn’t accept it and finally, Bildad said it was impossible for Job to be innocent. Job couldn’t take it anymore. Then Job’s words seem to shift to a seemingly separate speech but it’s not; Job is finishing Bildad’s thoughts of God’s power. Job goes farther though because Bildad had only reduced humans to worms in light of God’s power. Job will continue to show how God’s power makes it possible for humans to be reconciled to God.
  • Job begins a sort of poem of God’s omnipotence. Omnipotence is a word we don’t use very often. It means God’s power is without end.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • Often people who see God as a distant god think of God in the way Bildad did. They think, if there is a God, then he must be distant and not care about lowly humans. This thinking shows a lack of understanding of God. God is closer than we think. He’s everywhere. And God wants a relationship with every human but will not violate the free will he gave us. He patiently waits for us to choose a relationship with him. It’s understandable why people have a wrong view of God. We can’t see him physically and things are often amiss in our lives and in the world. But I have found that if we genuinely seek God he’s always there and wants to restore that which is broken. 

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

  • Take a moment right now and think about your view of God. You may find, as many people do, that your view of God is really a view handed down to you from your family but isn’t something you’ve wrestled with and made your own. God welcomes our questions so we can know him ourselves. If you have questions the staff of Verve would love to help you work through them. info@vivalaverve.org