Saturday, October 6, 2012

Job 30

Today's reading in our daily plan is Job 30. 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 read about how Job had lost favor among his people because of his afflictions. People he previously wouldn’t even let take care of his sheep (because of their lack of character or work ethic) were now making fun of Job. It shows how his sufferings impacted much more than just his family or health.
  • Because of his limited understanding of why he was going through these things, Job assumed God was responsible. And though he did not turn from God, he thought, for some reason, he had lost favor with God.
  • Job also lost hope of a better future. In this chapter, we see how Job lost hope in his current circumstance and his future. The interesting thing is that even though he assumed God caused his pain, Job refused to turn from God. Job still wouldn’t dishonor God’s name. He admitted to not understanding but refused to change his allegiance.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • Job had gone through so much pain that he assumed all that lay before him was pain as well. Don’t we often do the same? We go through tough times and, if they last long enough, we start to believe there is no hope for a better future. However, the truth is that God does offer a better future. It may look different than we expect, but it will be better. 

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

  • We have to be willing to trust and follow God no matter what the future holds. Where are you with that? Take some time to be honest with yourself and God today.