Sunday, September 10, 2017

September 10 - Job 41

Today's reading in our daily plan is Job 41. 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 conclude our reading of God’s response to Job.
  • (Side note, part II: Remember yesterday we said there were two chapters in the Bible that describe a creature that resembles a dinosaur? Well, this is the second chapter. In verse 1 God refers to this creature as the “Leviathan.")
  • God refers to the Leviathan to remind Job how strong that creature was and how it only answers to God. 
  • Job’s questions about and to God during his suffering are completely understandable to us because we’ve all done it ourselves. 
  • Notice that God doesn’t scold Job for asking questions. However, God does address the heart of Job’s questions. Job had been complaining that God wasn't doing enough, or wasn't good enough, to take away Job's suffering.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • God welcomes our questions. However, this chapter shows that questions are best asked in the context of understanding God's love. The longer we do life with God and read the Bible and talk to Him, the more opportunities he has to show you love, and the easier it is to accept that love during tough times.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

  • Take time today and think of how much God loves you, how much he provides for you and how much he has forgiven you. Maybe write down a few sentences about God's love for you and what you've learned from this weekend's readings. When you're tempted to think God is working against you, refer back to what you wrote and use it as a reminder of God's goodness.