Summarize what you read in one paragraph:
Oh how Job can lament! First, about the good ole’ days (chapter 29), then about his present losses and circumstances (chapter 30) and to wrap it up about the injustice of being falsely accused and persecuted although he is innocent (chapter 31). Job struggles, like we do, to justify or defend his innocence against what seems to be unjust treatment by God.
What is one key verse?
Job 31:33-34 “If I have concealed my sin as people do, by hiding my guilt IN MY HEART because I so feared the crowd and dreaded contempt of the clans that I kept silent and would not go outside.” Footnote to this verse for “as people do” is to read as Adam did…since the beginning of man we have attempted to conceal our sin.
How does what you read change your vision of God?
Oh how Jason can lament too! Unlike Job, I don’t have much of a defense for myself. I have struggled mightily with concealment of my sins…what this passage reminds me is how guilt and shame affect my heart and therefore my relationship with God and with everyone.
How does what you read change your vision of yourself or others?
That God is constantly refining us even when we think we are living pretty good (as was Job) or pretty awful (as was Jason). That God desires our pure and clean heart, unclutered by my hidden sins.
How will you Go With God because of this reading? (What is an action step?)
Reminds me to be on guard against the desire to hide my sins. To make a covenant with my heart not to make it sick with hidden sin.
Where did you see Jesus in these chapters? (What made you think about Jesus?)
Jesus was the only true blameless one, so while I could complain, really I can’t (and shouldn’t).