Saturday, November 10, 2012

Job 40

Today's reading in our daily plan is Job 40. 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?)

  • This chapter starts out with God asking, “Who is the person who will argue with me?” Job shows his humility by realizing that he shouldn’t have spoken ill of God. Job admits that he spoke out of ignorance but wouldn’t make that mistake again. God responds by telling Job to stand up like a man and be questioned by God.
  • God asks Job a piercing question: “Would you blame me to make yourself look right?” That rhetorical question from God must have struck Job at the core of his heart because he knew he had blamed God for his pain while knowing God was a good God.
  • People often wonder if dinosaurs are mentioned in the Bible. There are two places in the Bible where creatures are described that feature characteristics like dinosaurs, and this chapter is one of them. In verse 15 God refers to the “Behemoth,” which sounds similar to the Brachiosaurus (or even the mythological Loch Ness Monster!). Either way, it’s a huge lizard known for its size and strength. 

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • In his suffering Job complained about God. This is understandable and we’ve all done it. The shocking thing for Job is that God answered him. Job realized his wrong in questioning God’s love and justice. I wonder what God would say of us if he were to answer our complaints against him.

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

  • What would God say to you? Would God have specific things in your life to point out? Let’s strive to live a life that is lived well before God. Let us always have a healthy respect for God and not question him about things we don’t understand. Life is crazy sometimes and we live in a complicated world that can leave us confused. What we have to remember is that God is love and loves us perfectly. If that’s true, we can trust him even when we don’t understand what’s going on.