Saturday, July 8, 2017

July 8 - Job 22

Today's reading in our daily plan is Job 22. 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 Eliphaz speaks up again.
  • Just as he did before, Eliphaz unloads on Job a barrage of accusations and insults.
  • He also insults God, accusing him of working against people regardless of how good or wise or helpful they may be.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • Eliphaz is speaking in anger, from a misunderstanding of who God is. Instead of looking to the Bible to discern what's true about God, he lets his feelings dictate what he believes and what he says.
  • We need to be careful not to let our own feelings determine what we believe about God. Instead, we need to look to the Bible as a resource to figure out how God works and what He is like.
  • If we don't spend regular time reading God's word, we can begin to let things other than God trick us into believing things about God that aren't true.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

  • Is your faith determined more by your temporary feelings or by who the Bible says God is?
  • If your feelings dictate your faith, ask God to help you overcome that and to help you see Him for who He really is, regardless of your circumstances. And commit to spend more regular time reading the Bible.
  • If you're consistently spending time in the Bible, who is someone you can invite into your journey with God? Is there someone you could invite to come to church with you tomorrow, or someone you could go to lunch with to tell them about what God has done for you?