Saturday, May 6, 2017

May 6 - Job 4

Today's reading in our daily plan is Job 4. 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?)
  • Eliphaz sees suffering as the result of sinning against God. He asserts it's God's punishment on us for the sin in our lives.
  • According to Eliphaz, in order to subside the suffering Job needs to confess his sins.
  • Eliphaz wrongly assumes that a good and innocent person will never suffer and that because Job is suffering he must have done something wrong in God's eyes.
  • It is true that those who promote sin and trouble eventually will be punished; but it's not true that anyone who is good and innocent will never suffer.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • Everybody, regardless of their level of morality will at times experience suffering. 
  • God uses suffering to increase our faith. 
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Do you believe that if you follow God, you will no longer experience suffering? If so, it's important for you to understand that's not the case. We live in a messed up world, and we suffer because of it. No one is exempt.
  • When suffering comes we should view it as a chance to grow. How have you seen growth in your life as the result of suffering? In what way are you suffering now? How could it be a path to increased growth for you?