Sunday, November 11, 2012

Job 41

Today's reading in our daily plan is Job 41. 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 conclude our reading of God’s response to Job.
  • Remember yesterday we said there were two chapters in the Bible that describe a creature that resembles a dinosaur? Well, this is the second chapter. In verse 1 God refers to this creature as the “Leviathan."
  • God refers to the Leviathan to remind Job how strong that creature was and how it only answers to God. Job’s questions about and to God during his suffering are completely understandable to us because we’ve all done it ourselves. Because of that, I think reading God’s response to Job is important for us to grasp. Notice that God doesn’t scold Job for asking questions. However, God does address the heart of Job’s questions.
    • First, is God watching? The answer was an emphatic yes. God even points out he notices aspects of creation Job never even thought of; things God thought of before creation was even put into motion.
    • Second, is God strong enough to take care of (or prevent) my pain? God’s answer was that even the most powerful forces of nature answer only to him; therefore, he must be.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • The last thing for us to think about is whether or not our questions are driven by a desire to know whether or not God is loving. The answer to that is a clear yes. The longer you walk with God the more opportunities he has to show you love, and the easier it is to accept that during tough times. But even the most “seasoned” follower of Jesus can have times of doubt. 
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Take time today and think of how much God loves you, how much he provides for you and how much he has forgiven you. Is God loving? Yes, we just have to live in that truth even in times of doubt.