Sunday, July 30, 2017

July 30 - Job 29

Today's reading in our daily plan is Job 29. 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?)
  • In this chapter Job recalls the days he had before all his sufferings.
  • Notice that Job’s first “memory” he missed was how close he felt to God and how he knew God was taking care of him.
  • Job goes on to recall how people had respected him.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • Notice why people respected Job. It wasn’t because of his wealth. They respected him because of how he used his wealth to take care of the poor, the orphans, the dying and the widows. 
  • People also sought Job out for his wisdom, and no one questioned his advice.
  • Compared to his previous life, Job’s current standing seems grim. It’s easy to understand why he longs for the way things used to be. But notice that the things he longs for are good things, not material things: his closeness to God, his children, and helping the poor and the needy. 
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • No matter your financial standing, there are a ton of other people in the world who are worse off. As people who follow Jesus, we should always look for ways to generously help others. Who is someone in your life you could help today, and how can you help them?