Sometimes I feel like a toddler — you know, the ones with questions for days. Their questions are unending partly because they wired for curiosity and partly because they grow in their understanding of the world through questions. Job has his own book in the Old Testament and it is filled with questions about the reason behind his suffering. God does eventually respond to Job, but rather than detailed answers He replies with a few questions of His own. In their song, “Where Were You,” the band Ghost Ship captures the heart of Job’s question and a great sampling of God’s counter response.
Have you experienced suffering? Are you in the midst of it right now? Let’s learn a little from Job this week.
On this episode I discuss:
- Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture – this week’s Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include:
- Listen to an audio version of Scripture
- Refer to an overview of the book – I used Bible Project’s Overview Video this week
- Read in a variety of translations
- Make a list of Job’s questions
- When I recognized that God was putting Scripture in music already – check out Episode 1 or Episode 122
- The Bible Project’s overview of the Book of Job – YouTube Video
- Exploring Job’s questions by making a list (I only jot down a few…you can find MANY more)
- Why did I not die at birth, come out from the womb and expire? – Job 3:11
- Have I any help in me, when resource is driven from me? Job 6:13
- Has not man a hard service on earth, and are not his days like the days of a hired hand? Job 7:1
- Why have you made me your mark? Job 7:20
- Have you eyes of flesh? Do you see as man sees? Job 10:4
- Suffering can cause us to be irrational
- Suffering reveals where we place our trust
- Suffering digs up the root of our purpose
- Suffering often leads us to blame
- No. God does not see as man sees
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If you have never heard this song before, you can listen to the official audio on YouTube below.