Moving right along into Job! Here’s an overview of the book by The Bible Project. We’re so thankful for them and all the hard work they do to help us understand the Bible in it’s historical context. They are a non-profit project and you can help support them here.
“Naked I come from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” 1:21
I like this book and I appreciate the way it unties a few things I assume about God. Here are a few things I’m thinking about after reading today’s chapters:
-Satan wanders the earth? (1:6b) This place is not our home, and I don’t want to find citizenship here (Philippians 3:20.) It’s easy to get settled here and want to belong, but evil literally runs rampant.
-Does Satan always have to receive permission from God to get to us? I have that penned in the margins of my Bible from a few years ago. Ultimately, it doesn’t matter. But I still wonder when I read this book, how often do they interact?
-After being clobbered by devastating news, Job crumbles to the ground in mourning and then worships God. How do I respond in the face of devastation?
-Yikes! Job’s wife! She’s not even the one physically suffering, yet she encourages Job to abandon his faith in God. It can be so hard to watch the ones we love suffer; how do I come alongside them? Do I encourage faith or faithlessness?
-Job’s friends come to his side in his suffering and stay silent (for now). Sometimes the best way to support someone in a really intense season that we don’t fully understand is to show up and shut up. Simply sitting with someone in their sorrow says a lot.
What thoughts did you have? Let yourself ask hard questions that might not have answers. This book is all about wading through the gray areas of God’s sovereignty.