January 24, 2019
DAY 26: JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE IN A YEAR
Focus Verses for Today: Job 7:17-21
Job is a righteous man. He believes in God. He trusts in God. Does that mean he truly understands God? The theme throughout Job chapter 7, is Job pleading to 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 your material blessings away. Reading chapter 7 in its entirety gives the impression that Job believed once a person died there was no after life. 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.
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)
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?
Chapter 8 is another of Job’s friends, Bildad, speaking. Refresh your recollection about these three friends: they came to comfort Job in his time of need and suffering. Bildad speaking, “When your children sinned against him, he gave them over to the penalty of their sin.” Job 8:4 (NIV) Bildad told Job that his children, all of his children, were killed because of their sin. (See Job 1:18-19 NIV) Does that sound comforting to you?
If you are journalling, or decided to reflect, it is time to sort this out. Read Job chapters 7 and 8. Have you ever heard or been in a problem solving discussion where both sides based their arguments on the wrong premise. (That is the fast train to nowhere city!) Neither Job, nor his friend Bildad, understood what was the source of Job’s malady. They both thought they understood the problem. They both used the knowledge they had available to them to arrive at conclusions that satisfied them. Were they trying to find the true reason or mere satisfy themselves with reasoning they could understand? Did either of them ever ask; could there be more to this than we understand? 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 what is convenient to feel comfortable. It is time to pray over, meditate, and reflect on today’s journey through Job chapters 7 and 8. Now journal or reflect on a time when you participated in or listened to a conversation like Job and Bildad had in chapters 7 & 8. Take caution not to jump to your conclusion.
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