Sunday, May 21, 2017

May 21 - Job 9

Today's reading in our daily plan is Job 9. 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?)
  • Job let's Bildad know that he agrees with the principle he's put forth -- that the wicked will ultimately perish. But, still, Job is confused by his situation, because that principle doesn't apply to his situation.
  • Job still can't figure out why he is the one experiencing suffering when he watches others live painlessly.
  • Job is becoming more and more impatient with his situation. It doesn't seem there is a light at the end of the tunnel for his suffering.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • We will never fully understand God and His ways. It is natural for us to feel confused about our situation at times.
  • Impatience is often a byproduct of suffering. When we suffer for long periods of time it is difficult to remain patient. God will often allow us to go through a period of suffering to increase our level of patience.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Fully understanding God is not possible, but understanding Him better is. One of our goals as a Christian is to know God more and more each day by reading the Bible and praying.
  • It's tempting to compare our situation to others. But, comparison never leads to anything good, especially when we are in pain.
  • Impatience is something we all struggle with. Think of some ways you are impatient and ask God to increase your patience in those areas.