Sunday, September 30, 2012

Job 29

Today's reading in our daily plan is Job 29. 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 recalls the days he had before all his sufferings.
  • Notice that Job’s first “memory” he missed was how close he felt to God and how he knows God was taking care of him.
  • Job goes on to recall how people had respected him but did you catch why? People didn’t respect Job for his wealth. They respected him because of how he used his wealth to take care of the poor, the orphans, the dying and the widows.
  • People also sought Job out for his wisdom and no one questioned his advice.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • Compared to his previous life Job’s current standing was pitiful. It’s easy to understand why he missed it. But notice that the things he missed were good things, not material things. Job missed his closeness to God, his children, helping the poor and the needy. Job was a really good man and did great things with the wealth he was given. We should take Job as an example and do the same. 

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

  • It doesn’t matter what financial standing you have in life there is always someone worse off than you in the world. As people who follow Jesus we should always look for ways to help others. I find it extremely interesting that Job’s first missed memory was his closeness to God. We should all take a moment to see if our priorities are in order like Job’s were. Our relationship with God has to be our primary focus in life; doing so helps us to know what to do with everything else.