June 24, 2011
Editor’s Note: We continue our series of blogs for those who are reading the Bible with us cover-to-cover this year. Interspersed with our thoughts on our daily reading, we want to provide some tips about reading the Bible in general.
Job: God Does What He Does (Job 38-42)
As Elihu wraps up his explanation of Job’s pain and suffering, God steps in and speaks directly to Job. Reading the exchange between God and Job, note that …
- God doesn’t explain the reasons for Job’s difficulties.
- God does explain that he is beyond comprehension. (Job 38-39)
- God does call Job’s complaints into question. (Job 40-41)
- Job acknowledges God’s ability to do anything he wants to. (Job 42.1-6)
- God rebukes Eliphaz, Bildad and Zophar calling them to repent and request Job’s prayers on their behalf. (Job 42.7-9)
- God restores all of Job’s losses two-fold and blesses him with long life. (Job 42.10-17)
Wrapping up the ordeal in Job’s life, we should keep in mind a couple of realities: First, God does what he wants to do without explaining himself. Second, while we may not specifically know why God allows suffering in our lives, we do know that God has a purpose – even if that purpose is to silence the ranting of Satan!
It is our hope that this background information helps a bit as you read on in the Bible.
You can obtain more help from the FREE Bible reading schedule on our resource page. In His Image is a daily devotional that also follows our reading schedule and expresses the Biblical truth: “God Created You to Love You.” You can find this resource on the side bar of our website.
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