Job’s suffering ends, not when God restores to him what has been lost, but when Job came to understand his place in the world. Acceptance is one of the most difficult life lessons to learn, and it is an ongoing lesson.
Worship this week:
Saturday – 5:00 p.m. in the chapel
Sunday – One worship at 9:00 a.m.
Devotions for this week:
The Lord Challenges Job July 31, 2016
SHARE: What was a high point of your day? What was a low point?
READ: Read the following daily readings to deepen your understanding:
Sunday, Job 38:25-27; 41:1-8; 42:1-6, The Lord Challenges Job
Monday, Job 29-30, Job’s Defense
Tuesday, Job 31, Job’s Defense
Wednesday, Job 32, Elihu Rebukes Job’s Friends
Thursday, Job 33, Elihu Rebukes Job
Friday, Job 34, Elihu Proclaims God’s Justice
Saturday, Job 35, Elihu Condemns Self-Righteousness
TALK: Consider some of these ideas:
“Can you draw out Leviathan with a fishhook, or press down its tongue with a cord? Can you put a rope in its nose, or pierce its jaw with a hook?” Job 41:1-2
Job’s journey has been long and wearying. He begins to see the whole of it from his limited perspective, and is led to repent for his impulsive words.
- What does Elihu say about the question of suffering?
- What do you think about God’s response to Job? Is God’s response or attitude consistent with what you know about God?
- Tell a story of a time you were humbled by God’s response to your prayers.
Watch the news each night this week. Write down two or three stories that seem too big for humanity to fix or heal. Pray for those situations, that God will intervene where humans are too small.
PRAY: Long suffering God, your ears are always open to your children. We implore you to hear us with patience and correct us with compassion, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
BLESS: May God remind you that, although you are small, God is big. Amen.