Sunday, March 8, 2015

Sunday, March 8th: Job 5-7, 1 Corinthians 3 ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Job 5-7, 1 Corinthians 3

Job's friends' original response was the right one.  They sat with Job in silence for seven days.  They didn't offer advice, they didn't offer empty platitudes, they simply sat and grieved with him.

When those around us our suffering, we often don't know what to say to help them in their grief.  The truth is, we are often most helpful when we say nothing.

This certainly proved true in Job's friends' case.  They would've been better off remaining silent, because as soon as they started talking, things went off the rails.

All 3 of Job's friends made the mistake of assuming that Job's suffering must be punishment for some great sin on Job's part.  We know that this is not the case because we received a firsthand look at the spiritual battle going on behind the scenes.  We know that Job's suffering will prove his faith genuine and bring glory to God.  But Job and his friends don't know this.

Job's friends make some good points - they're just not applicable to Job.

Sometimes suffering is caused because of sin.  But not in Job's case.
Eliphaz was correct (in v17) that it is a blessing to be disciplined by God when we do wrong.  But this was not applicable to Job's situation.

It is true that pain helps us grow, but God does not eliminate all hardship when we are living righteously, and good deeds are not always rewarded with prosperity.

We need to remember not to throw out advice when we don't understand the entire situation.

Our Corinthians passage reminded me of the need to be humble.  We are called to be faithful where God has called us to serve, but the fruits of that faithfulness are to give glory to God, not ourselves.  Everything we do must be built on the foundation of Jesus Christ and done for His glory.

 Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage passage: Job 8-10; 1 Corinthians 4


Conrad said...

"He thwarts the plans of the crafty, so that their hands achieve no success." Job 5:12 NIV

This verse stood out for me because it shows God as being all knowing. He knows us better than we know ourselves. He knows what we are going to do before we even do it. He not only knows the minds of those who know Him, but he also knows the thoughts of the lost.

It gives me peace knowing that God is in control and is always protecting us. Imagine how much worse situations like 9-11 could have been without God's intervention and presence.

Pamela said...

SOmetimes it's hard to just be quiet when we don't know why something is happening. It's easier to try and blame and figure it out.

Sometimes we are just too immature in our faith to know better just like the passage from Corinthians:

2 I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for it. And even now you are not yet ready...

This verse from Corinthians also stuck out for me:

According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it. Let each one take care how he builds upon it.

I just finished writing my term 2 report cards. I teach grade 1 and I am teaching some of the basic building blocks that my Grade 1 friends will use throughout their lives. Basic literacy and math skills, social skills like taking turns and sharing, and other knowledge will seek to prepare them for their future academic endeavours. If I fail to do my job, it becomes an unstable foundation in the future. As too with our faith....if we do not have the confidence in it as Job did be become unstable too.