Saturday, August 12, 2017

August 12 - Job 32

Today's reading in our daily plan is Job 32. 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 we hear from Elihu, who had only been an observer to the discussion so far.
  • Elihu is angry at Job for blaming God for his suffering, and even more angry at Job’s “friends” who had no substantive responses to Job’s arguments.
  • Elihu is younger than the other men in the conversation and waited to hear their “wisdom” before speaking. But after hearing their unprodcutive talking in circles, he can’t hold his tongue any longer.
  • Elihu begins his words to Job with humility, which is in stark contrast to the bold claims made by those who had spoken before him.
  • It’s interesting that Job would even hear anymore from anyone, as he was obviously fed up with it all. 
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • As followers of Jesus, we need to make sure we season our conversations with grace. Instead of confronting someone with the intent of making ourselves look better or stronger, we should seek to humbly approach them and explain our thoughts with the goal of moving forward productively. 
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

  • Is there someone in your life right now that you need to have a difficult conversation with? If so, take a lesson from Elihu and approach them with a humble heart. Call them, schedule a time to go to lunch with them, or find another way to make room for the conversation you know you need to have.