The journey through the book of Ephesians has come to a close and now the journey will go into the book of Job. The book treats realistically the problems of human suffering and divine justice. I’ll try to feel Job’s anguished passion as he gropes for the truth about himself and God.
The reading plan below will be used to hold me accountable as I share about God’s Word. As I share about my study of the book of Job, it’s important to have a plan. I’m thankful that Jesus is God’s plan for us and by accepting Christ as Savior; we have taken the steps necessary to make each day amazing!
Job 1 – What kind of man is Job according to the author? Why is Job a target of Satan? In his affliction, what is Job’s response to things? What are your responses in difficulties?
Job 2 – How does Job respond to the second test? What is the strongest sign of the sympathy of Job’s three friends? How should we be when around the suffering? To what extent are you concerned about the problems of others?
Job 3 – What is the common element of the questions Job asks (See Verses 11-12, 16, 20-23)? Why should success followed immediately by tragedy provoke thought? How can you sympathize with the desperate? What kind of answer do you have for them?
Job 4-5 – What do the opening verses of chapter 4 reveal about Job? In what sense are we all born into trouble? What has Eliphaz learned about God in 5:8-16? Would the advice of Eliphaz help when facing trouble? What do you learn from this advice about helping others?
Job 6 – What evidences the intensity of Job’s sorrow? What does Job expect from his friends? What in his speech suggests that he is getting less? What are some ideas for being more warm hearted so you help others trust God more in difficult times?
Job 7 – To what does Job compare the life of mortal man? What wish dominates Job’s thought in the first part? What is always open to a man in despair? Do you think Job really wants to be left alone by God?
Feel free to respond with a short note or a comment about any of the questions above. Also, I welcome any other thoughts or ideas, favorite inspirational videos, photos, or favorite Bible verses. Just add them to the comments or to a Facebook page I’ve set up at this link: This Day With God – A Spiritual Journey.
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