Sunday, July 2, 2017

July 2 - Job 21

Today's reading in our daily plan is Job 21. 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 refutes Zohar's critcism.
  • Job says that even wicked, evil people prosper here on earth, so Zohar's criticism doesn't hold up.
  • Job also says you can't judge a person's goodness or relationship with God based on their circumstances. That can only be measured in their hearts--which no human can assess.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • We must have the ability to know right from wrong; truth from lie. Job is able to discern this with his friends because he knows God's truth.
  • It's easy to wonder how someone can prosper when they are living outside God's will or in a way that isn't pleasing to God. However, it is not our job to judge or condemn those who prosper. We are only called to be faithful to God and love others.
  • Knowing a person's heart is impossible for us. Therefore, we must always be careful to judge people simply by their looks or behaviors.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

  • Do you feel like you have a good enough handle on God's truth to combat a lie when it comes your way? How could learn more of the truth?
  • Are you quick to judge someone based on how they look or their circumstances? How can you recalibrate that reaction so you choose to see them for who they are instead of their situation?