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
How have you found these readings in Job? To be honest I’ve found them a struggle, they are some of the darkest but most honest passages in the whole bible. They show a man going through severe depression when everything is taken away from him. The people who are supposed to help, his so called friends are making the matter even worse. Do you know anyone who struggles with depression? Or perhaps you struggle with it yourself. You will probably know that you cannot get people to just ‘snap out of it’ or to ‘pull themselves together’ I strongly believe this type of mental anguish is a chemical imbalance in many cases and as such is an illness just like any other organ not working properly.
- Spend some time praying for people you know who struggle with depression. We come to a healing God, a God who loves to heal and make things right. Pray for healing right now in the name of Jesus, the one who has compassion on you and is ‘willing’ (Mark 1 v 40) to make you and your friends whole.
- Hope is a wonderful thing. Read again verses 25 to 27 of Job 19. Do you know your redeemer lives? We know it more than Job because Jesus has been revealed to us and His defeat of death itself has been accomplished. Put your hope in this wonderful redeemer who one day will come back and stand upon this earth as a returning conquering king. Job is lifting his eyes and beginning to worship. You can do the same.
- Gosh Zophar, kick a man while he’s down why don’t you. He reminds me of the Pharisee’s who were holier than thou! If you see any of this attitude in you, please repent immediately. Humility is what is required and helping those who are struggling not hindering them further. I’m getting quite angry now and looking forward to Job’s vindication. Keep reading, it won’t be long. (sorry to give the end away if you’ve not read this before)