January 26, 2023
DAY 26 JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE IN A YEAR
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Focus Verses for Today: Job 7:17-21
Our journey today continues through the book of Job. Job is a righteous man. He believes in God. He trusts in God.
Ask the Lord for His understanding of Job 7-8. Read Job 7-8. Let’s journey!
Job 7-8: Job pleads with God to relieve him of the tests and trials through which God is putting him. When Job speaks to God, Job is actually telling God what God is doing to him; incorrectly. It appears that Job believed that if you lived a righteous life God rewarded you with material blessings. That would mean Job believed if he forsook living a righteous life that God would take his material blessings away. Reading chapter 7 in its entirety gives the impression that Job believed once a person died there was no afterlife. All accomplishments and rewards were for the living because once a person died they ceased to be. Job also assumed that his afflictions may have been the result of sin for which he wasn’t aware. He asked God to forgive him for that sin. Bildad, who, along with others, came to comfort Job in his time of suffering, told Job that his children, all of his children, were killed because of their sin. (Job 7:1-6:22)
Our focus verses for today:
17“What is mankind that you make so much of them,
that you give them so much attention,
18that you examine them every morning
and test them every moment?
19Will you never look away from me,
or let me alone even for an instant?
20If I have sinned, what have I done to you,
you who see everything we do?
Why have you made me your target?
Have I become a burden to you?[a]
21Why do you not pardon my offenses
and forgive my sins?
For I will soon lie down in the dust;
you will search for me, but I will be no more.”
(Job 7:17-21, NIV)
Have you ever heard of or been in a problem-solving discussion where both sides based their arguments on the wrong premise? It is easy to jump to conclusions relying on bad information, limited information, and lack of understanding: it is called jumping to a conclusion. It means the concluder jumps over the heavy lifting, fails to investigate fully, fails to research fully, fundamentally fails to think, and allows himself to rely on what is convenient to feel comfortable. As we journey through life with God it is important to understand that sin is Satan’s snare to trap us and turn us away from God. Is it possible that Satan is using Job’s misunderstanding of God to try and forsake God? Take caution not to jump to your conclusion.
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