Saturday, September 22, 2012

Job 27

Today's reading in our daily plan is Job 27. 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?)

  • Job continues stating his claim of his innocence in this chapter.
  • Job even admitted that he believed God for some unknown reason was causing his pain (remember Job didn’t have the advantage we do of knowing it wasn’t God causing his pain) and still said he would follow the ways he knew would honor God. That really says a lot for Job’s character. He believed (albeit wrongly) that God was inflicting enormous amounts of pain on him and he refused to turn away from God. He said he would continue to do what was right until he died.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • Job went on to describe how good people will eventually “win” over evil people. We have to remember that they believed in a “cause and effect” type of relationship with God; if you do good you receive good, if you do bad you receive bad. This isn’t really how a relationship with God works. It is true that in life you do often receive positive consequences to good behavior and the opposite for bad but it’s not a guarantee. In fact, all of us can give examples from our own lives of the opposite. However, in spite of all his life seemingly “disproving” what Job knew of God he was willing to continue following him. 

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

  • Could you say the same thing if you were in Job’s spot? I’d like to think I could but honestly, I don’t know. Often we want to turn from God for minor inconveniences in life. Job lost all his money, all his children died and he was sick and covered in sores and his friends were mocking him. Job had more than enough reasons to be angry at God but he wasn’t. Job was confused but he didn’t let his circumstances dictate his theology. Job knew God was a good God and therefore he could still trust God even when things were bad. We should do the same. Don’t let the situations in life determine what you believe about God.