Sunday, August 20, 2017

August 20 - Job 35

Today's reading in our daily plan is Job 35. 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?)
  • As in yesterday’s reading, Elihu continues his speech to Job. In this chapter Elihu presents an interesting thought to Job.
  • Job had lamented that he had not sinned, and was confused as to why God would allow his suffering.
  • Elihu takes a different angle: Elihu says it doesn’t affect God whether we do evil or do good; either way God is the same. 
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • In a sense, Elihu is correct. No matter what we as humans do, God is still God and doesn’t have any intrinsic need for us to do good or bad. God is completely self-sufficient. In every way God is perfect. God doesn’t need companionship like we do. God doesn’t need love like we do; he is love.
  • However, in another way God is affected by our decisions in life. Like a good father, God is pained when he sees us in pain or causing pain to others due to our sin. In the same way, God is “proud” of us when we show love to others, do our part to make the world a better place and when we enjoy our relationship with him. In the sense of a father we can understand that. 
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Is God proud of the decisions you're making right now? Is there a decision you're facing that could be a step away from God? Maybe a bad habit you're tempted to get back into, or a sin you're thinking about committing. Commit to make the choice that will make God proud of you, and will draw you closer to Him. And ask God to give you the strength to follow through.