Summarize what you read in one paragraph:
Prior to this, Job poured out his anguish, bewilderment, and anger against God over his suffering. His friends, who had previously sat with him in silence, now began to respond to him one by one. In Job 11, Zophar the Naamathite is the third friend to respond. He tells Job that he is wrong to claim innocence, because God only brings suffering on the wicked. He then tells Job that, if he will only stop sinning and devote himself to God, God will rescue him. In Job 12, Job’s response to Zophar is to mock the “wisdom” of his friends and counselors, and assert that true wisdom belongs only to God. Job 13 sees Job continue to proclaim his innocence, and reject the counsel of his friends as worthless. He requests to plead his case before God, and pleads with God to take away his suffering. Finally in Job 14, Job mourns the shortness of life and the finality of death. He paints a bleak picture of a God who is overbearing and uncaring of His creatures.
What is one key verse?
“To God belong wisdom and power; counsel and understanding are his. What he tears down cannot be rebuilt; those he imprisons cannot be released. If he holds back the waters, there is drought; if he lets them loose, they devastate the land. To him belong strength and insight; both deceived and deceiver are his.” – Job 12: 13-16
How does what you read change your vision of God?
This passage opens my eyes to how powerful God is. I do not often reflect on the power of God as much as I reflect on His other characteristics. The Coronavirus and the world’s response to it have made me want to reflect on it more, however. When I read this verse, it reminds me that God controls literally everything, and that nothing can happen without His say so.
How does what you read change your vision of yourself or others?
I want to tell others about the power of God as I am reaching out to them, whether in the church or outside of it. I think that we can get so caught up in our lives that we forget that God is what really matters. We are not the main players in life: God is.
How will you Go With God because of this reading? (What is an action step?)
I will direct my attention and the attention of others to passages like these when it seems like we are getting too caught up in ourselves. We all need regular reminders about who is ultimately in control.
Where did you see Jesus in these chapters? (What made you think about Jesus?)
I thought about Jesus in Job 14, when Job was lamenting the finality of death. Specifically, Job asks “ If someone dies, will they live again? All the days of my hard service, I will wait for my renewal to come. (14)” Because of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross and resurrection, the waiting is over! Death is not the end, but rather, the beginning of new life! Without Jesus, we too would have to despair over death; with Jesus, we have hope that Job could only dream of. Amen!