Things to consider when reading the bible;
- Is there a command to obey?
- Is there an example to follow?
- Is there a promise to claim?
- Is there a sin to avoid?
- Is there a principle to follow?
Thoughts to consider
- Do you loathe your life? Be honest. If that’s how you feel, don’t run away, run into God and into His church, for that is where you will find healing. Job went through this soul searching and ignorance of what God was doing so you don’t have to. Know that God is in control and He knows what you are going through. He will be with you in times of trouble. Not distant if you press in to Him.
- Zophar is not convinced that Job is innocent at all. He persists in the notion that Job must have sinned somehow, but He is clearly unaware of all the facts. This should teach us the wisdom of not jumping to conclusions and being so dogmatic before we know all the facts. It’s wisdom to think (and pray) before speaking.
- Do you know enough of the bible to be able to give Godly advice? Pray that as you read His word each day that you will gain wisdom.
- Do you identify with Job declaring himself a ‘laughingstock’(12v4) because He trusts in God? Have you experienced derision or ridicule because of your faith? Take all the shame and hurt and place it at Jesus’ feet. Know that Jesus suffered complete humiliation for you. He knows what you are going through. Resolve to live your life in a way that pleases Him, not worrying what others say.
- Throughout history, God has revealed more and more of His ways and character. Job knew about God’s might and power, but didn’t comprehend yet His great love and compassion. Thank God that you are not stumbling around in darkness. Thank God that we are living in a time when we have God’s word, that He has revealed so much to us. He has revealed His plan of salvation through the cross of Christ. Realise that you are truly blessed!
- Lord I pray we all have the tenacity of Job, who, even in his deep despair, refused to listen to the false wisdom of his friends. He resolutely held onto God “Though he slay me, I will hope in him”. I love this doggedness and drive to keep trusting, but also to ask God “Why?” This attitude should be in our prayers. Do you pray like that?