Aug. 5 – (Job 20-21) Now another friend, Zophar chimes in.  He joins Bildad in telling about the fate of the wicked.  He assumes that Job is a hypocrite.  Zophar and Bildad mistakenly equated all prosperity with God’s blessings and all suffering with judgment.  They believed a partial truth. Does this sound like the partial truth the serpent spoke to Eve as well?  Write your plan for success in walking with the Lord.  What would you include?  Now substantiate it with scripture.

Aug. 6 – (Job 22-26) Eliphaz exhorted Job to admit that these sufferings resulted from sin, but Job disagreed. He began to question whether or not God had treated him fairly.  Job knew he was righteous before God.  He did wonder why he had been afflicted and if God cared for him.

                Most of us tend to have this idea that since God is sovereign; He’s supposed to make everything work out perfectly.  Nothing is supposed to touch us as long as we’re walking with Him.  I am reminded again of Romans 8:28-29.  God allows suffering to bring us into a closer image of Christ in us. It comforts me to know that He knows all and has his best plan for me.  What I need to do is continually grow in Him and allow that change to take place.  This is a big SELAH! 

 I would love for this to be said of me when I go home to be with Lord (23:10-12). “But He knows the way that I take; when He has tried me, I shall come forth as gold.  My foot has held fast to His steps.  I have kept His way and not turned aside.  I have not departed from the commandments of His lips.  I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my daily bread.” 

Aug. 7 – (Job 27-29) Up until now, the dialogue between Job and his three friends has followed a pattern in which each speech by Job is followed by responses from the friends in a particular order: Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar. After two full cycles of the dialogue, it appears that Job is tired of the repetitive nature of his friends’ responses.  He signals the end of the dialogue by cutting Bildad’s third response short and refusing to allow any third speech from Zophar.  Job concludes with a lengthy monologue in which he takes up several themes.  The friends’ presumed knowledge does not necessarily promote justice nor take into consideration the mystery of God’s ways (26:1-14). 

Did you know?  Rocks pouring out streams of oil (29:6) is a reference to olive trees.  They are one of the few trees that thrive in rocky soil.  It can be 10 years or more before an olive tree yields fruit, but then it can produce olives for hundreds of years.  Some olive trees are more than a thousand years old! 

Aug. 8 - (Job 30-31) In chapter 30, Job laments his present life. Who wouldn’t? But is that what God asks of us?  Does this trust God when the worst of the worst happens?

                In chapter 31, Job finishes his speech with a plea that the true character of his life would be revealed and would be properly judged.   

Aug. 9 – (Job 32-34) We now introduce a new speaker, Elihu (He is the only character in Job with a Hebrew name).  He has not spoken until now because he was younger than the others (32:6-22) but when they had no more to say, he felt he needed to impart what he knew.  This is an uninterrupted record of his speeches for the next 6 chapters. Chapters 32-33 involve his intention to speak and an initial challenge to Job.  You will see that Elihu discredits everyone in some way. How does he disagree with what Job has said?  My favorite verse In chapter 34 Elihu calls on “wise men” to hear Job’s contention that he is in the right (vv. 2-9) and “men of understanding” to hear Elihu’s argument against this claim (vv. 10-34).  He presents both groups as those who will agree with Elihu against Job (vv. 35-37). 

My favorite verses here are 33:12-14. “God always answers us one way or another!”  Sometimes we don’t like the answer, or we don’t recognize it, but it is answered none the less!

Aug. 10 – (Job 35-37) In chapter 35, Elihu thinks Job believes that his righteousness entitles him to God’s blessing but Elihu believes that neither faithfulness nor wickedness influences God (vv. 1-8).  In chapters 36-37, we have Elihu saying some really true things about God’s righteousness and majesty, but there are parts in relating that knowledge to a relationship that are still incorrect. He gave a decent answer but only God knows all the facts.  We need to remember this when we are trying to figure out our own lives or trying to “help” a friend with theirs! Selah!   

Aug. 11 – (Job 38-39) In these two chapters the Lord answers Job.  The Lord asks Job whether he knows how creation was established (38:4-11) and if he has the knowledge or ability to govern it (38:12-38) or to shape the lives of its wonderful variety of creatures (38:39-40:2). I love His response to Job in verse 4.  It reminds me of a father answering with love, the whining of his child. It puts all of life back into His perspective and not my own.

                When God speaks, does he reprimand Job and His friends?  How does He show His all-power, all presence, and all-knowledge?  Do you think in this year we can answer His questions better than Job and his friends could?  In the advancement of knowledge, does it bring us to our knees in wonder of the omnipotence, omnipresence, and omniscience of God or make us feel more like we are a god?  Selah