Sunday, October 7, 2012

Job 31

Today's reading in our daily plan is Job 31. 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 the opening line of this chapter, Job says one of the coolest verses. He says he promised himself not to lust after a woman. His statement shows that he sees women as valuable and seeks to honor them. In Job's culture, women were considered kind of like property for men. It shows a deep level of character for Job and is most likely a result of his relationship with God.
  • Job also admits God sees everything he does, and Job welcomes God to deal with him for any sin he’s committed against him or people.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • Job’s words in this chapter are very poignant. He welcomes God to judge the way he interacts with his wife, the poor, the needy, and even his enemies. Job clearly believed that he was blameless in every way before God. 

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

  • I wonder how many of us can say the same things as Job? Could you? Take a moment today and ask God to show you where you’ve messed up, confess your mistakes and ask God to help you work on them. The cool thing is that, with God, you’ll always find grace and forgiveness and love.