Saturday, August 19, 2017

August 19 - Job 34

Today's reading in our daily plan is Job 34. 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 Elihu keeps speaking to Job.
  • Elihu probably speaks from a genuine place in his heart, but his beliefs about God were still wrong. Elihu believed (as did the other companions of Job) that if someone suffered as Job did then God was punishing them for sin. This is a faulty view of how God interacts with humankind.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • God always acts out of love because God is love. Sure, sometimes in his love God disciplines us. However, it would be wrong to assume that, if someone is suffering, it means God is punishing them. 
  • God is bigger than we can comprehend; it’s a big part of what makes him God and us not. Through reading the Bible and having a genuine relationship with God we can “know” a lot about God but not everything. It would be rather pretentious of us to act like we have it all figured out.
  • Instead, when there are times we don’t understand why God is acting or not acting as we would expect (or like), we should consider that it may be due to an aspect of God we haven't fully considered.
  • Regardless of how any given circumstance may feel, through the Bible we know that God is love, offers us his love and grace, greatly values each of us and wants a relationship with us. 
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

  • Are you going through an experience that doesn't make sense? Ask God to help you trust Him, and to show you more about Him through what you're experiencing. A great way to do this is by consistently attending church, and spending time with God, and serving others, even (and especially) when you're tempted to withdraw.