Sunday, June 4, 2017

June 4 - Job 13

Today's reading in our daily plan is Job 13. 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?)
  • Once again, Job begins this chapter by rebuking his friends and their simplistic answers to his situation.
  • Job then points he and his friends back to God and declares his trust and confidence in Him.
  • In an effort to gain wisdom into his situation, Job begs God to show him where he's gone wrong. He asks God if there is any sin in his life that is causing his grim circumstances. 
  • Job's final words show his understanding of the ruthless situation he finds himself in.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • Job's honesty in this chapter shows what it means to be a in a true relationship with friends and God. He is willing to say the difficult things in an attempt to share and understand the truth. We need to have authentic relationships where we don't hide what we think or feel.
  • Job asks God to reveal his sin, which is a humble thing to do, especially considering Job's circumstances. Job is willing to accept whatever wisdom God may have for him. We need to have the same posture towards God.
  • Depression and desperation are setting in for Job. These are common emotions we feel when we are facing difficult times. God does not shy away from or ignore Job's true feelings about his situation. In the same way, God knows and interacts with our feelings.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Honesty with God and others enables us to deepen our relationships, and grow in our love for, God and others. How are you doing with this? Do you share all of yourself with God and close friends?
  • It takes humility to ask God reveal the sin in our lives. But, it is also something that grows us incredibly. Are you willing and able to have God search your heart for the things that may be causing you to sin in life? Perhaps you have some time to do that right now?
  • If Job teaches us one thing, it's that God understands the emotional toll difficult circumstances take on us. Desperation and depression are not unknown to God. Taking the time to be honest about them and willing to pursue God in the midst of them is a healthy process.