Saturday, October 13, 2012

Job 32

Today's reading in our daily plan is Job 32. 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 Elihu, who had up to this point only been an observer to the discussion, speaks up. Elihu was angry at Job for blaming God for his suffering and even more angry at Job’s “friends” who had nothing with which to respond to Job’s arguments.
  • Elihu was admittedly younger than the other men in the conversation and waited to hear their “wisdom” before speaking but couldn’t hold his tongue any longer after hearing their repetitive banter.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • In this chapter we learn of Elihu; an observer to the conversation Job was having with his companions. Elihu began his words to Job with humility which is a very different tone to begin with compared to those who spoke before him. 
  • It’s interesting that Job would even hear anymore form anyone as he was obviously fed up with it all. At least Elihu started the conversation in the right way. We will see how it goes in the next few chapters as Elihu has a lot to say. We can learn from Elihu’s opening words to always season our words for someone who is upset with humility. We will have to wait to see if that continues but if nothing else we can learn that if we approach someone in the right way we can at least have a conversation with them. 

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

  • Is there anyone in your life right now that you need to have a difficult conversation with? If so, take a lesson from Elihu and approach them with a humble heart.