Saturday, June 3, 2017

June 3 - Job 12

Today's reading in our daily plan is Job 12. 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 responds to Zophar and his friends. His sarcastic tone shows that he is frustrated, not just with his situation, but also with his friends.
  • Job knows everything they are saying, but he knows none of it is true. He has searched and evaluated himself and found no sinful reason for his circumstances.
  • Job finishes by reflecting on God's power and majesty. Regardless of his situation, Job is determined to find hope in God's character and not in his circumstances
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • The easy answer isn't always the correct answer. Zophar and his friends are convinced Job's situation is the result of his sin. Though easy for them to assume, their assumption is incorrect.
  • When we are faced with difficult situations, it's best not to dwell on how big our problem is, but how big God is.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • It's important to be careful how we judge a person's situation. Not everything is as plain and obvious as it seems. 
  • If you are facing a difficult situation, are you focusing on how big your problem is or how big your God is? Pushing attention to God is where we find hope in hard circumstances.