Saturday, July 15, 2017

July 15 - Job 24

Today's reading in our daily plan is Job 24. 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?)
  • This chapter is a continuation of Job’s response to Eliphaz.
  • Job opens this chapter wishing God would have a day of judgment. 
  • However, it’s also really revealing that Job would want a day of judgment. It shows that Job felt he was innocent of committing any wrongs before God. Most of us would rather this “day of judgment” be later rather than sooner, but not Job. He knew he lived a pure life.
  • Job also cries out about how unjustly the poor were being treated. Job cares about those who were less fortunate.
  • Then Job again shows a deep understanding of God and how God reacts to human suffering: Job describes the wickedness of evil people and says it may appear as if God isn’t watching, but he is.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • Job shows through these statements that he knows God intimately. Why? Because he had suffered so deeply.
  • If we let our sufferings draw us close to God, they can become a sort of magnifying glass where we can see deeper into God’s heart. 
  • We can trust God in times of trouble because he will use them to grow us closer to Him… if we let him.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • What tough times are you going through right now? Any this week? Are you trusting God and drawing closer to him in these tough times?
  • If not, tell God how you’re feeling. Write down your feelings, yell them out loud — whatever works. God wants you to talk to him and he wants to help you grow spiritually through this set of circumstances.