Below are my thoughts from the daily Bible reading of the West Side Church of Christ. Today’s reading comes from Job 17-20. Before reading I invite you to pray and asked God to speak to you as you read His Word. Also above in the tabs is a link to the Bible reading plan.
What Does This Passage Say?
Job is a man with a broken and crushed spirit. He is hurting. He is crying out to God asking for the promises of God, but at the same time revealing to his counselors why he feels and responds the way he does. He is hurting. He is feeling immense pain and he isn’t sure how to fully cope with it … other than to turn to God.
Bildad responds. Perhaps what Bildad says is accurate about God and about the wicked. We know in eternity much of what he says does play out. But again, while it sounds good, I know God’s response later on, and I am not fully sure what to do with it.
Job knows that he is hurting, and he knows he has had questions for God and about God, but he also knows he has not arrogantly blamed God. He does not get why his friends wont sympathize with him. Instead they keep reproaching him. Again, Job does not find this helpful. Job knows who God is, he calls Him his redeemer, and he puts full trust in him.
Our reading today ends with Zophar responding once again. Again Zophar puts much of the blame on Job for his accusatory approach to God. Unfortunately, Job’s three friends are missing Job’s heart in his words.