February 18, 2021
DAY 47: JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE IN A YEAR
As we continue in our Journey Through the Bible in One Year, we turn our focus today to the book of Job. Job is suffering and his friends, who came to comfort him, have provided little comfort. Our reading today, continues to show that Job and his friends held very different beliefs from followers of God today, regarding what happens after death. It appears that Job believed that all life ceases after death. Based on this belief, Job would have believed that all the pleasures and rewards of his life trusting in God would be rewarded in this life. Job did not know of, nor understand, God’s gift of eternal life. Job was seeking his rewards now. Even knowing of our eternal life – have you ever held the same attitude as Job?
It is time to pray. Pray for more than just understanding of today’s journey, pray for a relationship with the Creator of all that is: The Great I Am. Open your Bibles to Job chapters 13 and 14 and begin your journey for today!
Job and his friends have each made assumptions about God, about how God rules, and about how justice in the world works. These assumptions are revealed throughout this book. Many of these assumptions continue to be held today!
Job 13-14: Job holds steadfast to his convictions, even with a breaking heart, which is an admirable trait. Job is continuing to rebuke Zophar allegations, and airing his frustrations will all of his friends, comparing them to bad physicians! Job makes two requests of God. The first is to cease the punishment which he, Job, is unjustly receiving. The second, after God ceases Job’s punishment, is that Job be allowed to reason with God to prove that he, Job, hasn’t committed a sin worthy of the punishment he is receiving. Job reasons that if he fails to prove he is sinless before God; then, God can do as is just. Job wants an opportunity to be heard. (Job 13:1-14:22)
Read chapters 13 and 14, and ask yourself these questions: What assumptions about God and the way He rules are being made by Job? What assumptions have you made about God and the way He rules in your life? Are your assumptions wrong?
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