Scripture: Job 40-42. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
Throughout Job’s time of suffering, he wanted a chance to plead his innocence before God. God gave him that opportunity, but Job decided to remain quiet. Job didn’t need to say anything because God had already shown Job that he had neither the ability to judge God or the right to ask why he was going through the things he was going through. God came to Job to demonstrate his love and care for him. Job asked for forgiveness not because he had committed the sins that his friends accused him of but because he had questioned God’s sovereignty and justice. Job admitted to God that he was the one who had been foolish and repented. Job’s friends were wrong when they kept accusing him of sinning and judging him without knowing what God’s plans were. Job was able to pray for his three friends, and God accepted his prayer.
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
We, as humans, are impatient when things don’t always go our way. For instance, life happens – we lose jobs, loved ones pass away, finances are tight, we fail, emergencies happen. Instead of complaining to God and demanding his immediate response, we should consider how much he loves us. We need to allow God the chance to reveal His greater purpose for us instead of being impatient. His greater purposes will unfold over the course of our lives. God will do what is best for us, and only He knows – whether we agree or not. We all need to completely trust God with each and every unanswered question we have. Also, Job’s friends were judging him without knowing God’s exact plan. We, too, should be careful to not judge someone, as God may be working in ways that we know nothing about. Instead of holding grudges or being angry with those who have hurt us, we too should pray for the people who have wronged us in life. We need to cling tightly to our faith, even through the worst of our trials, and we will be rewarded by God….in HIS timing.
Prayer: What can we pray for in regards to these passages?
Heavenly Father, we know that You have complete control in our lives, and we know that You want what is best for us always. Help us to submit to Your authority and follow Your ways for us. Thank you for letting us have peace and rest in Your arms when we are going through troubles. We want to hear Your voice, so please speak with us. Help us to forgive others, as You have forgiven us. And help us to continue to pray for the people who have wronged us in life. Let us be patient and give You a chance to reveal Your greater purposes for us instead of being impatient. Thank you for everything You do for us – in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.