Tragedy can rock us to our very core. How will our view of God change when our circumstances change? Ryan Stevenson sings of this in his song, “Amadeo (Still My God).” It is a declaration that is echoed in Scripture as well.
Join me as we explore the Book of Job to see what we can learn about God and how we should respond.
On this week’s episode I discuss:
- Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture – this week’s Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include:
- Read in context
- Read and keep on reading
- Consult an outside resource
- Read Scripture out loud
- The 30 Day Music Challenge – ACCEPT THE CHALLENGE HERE
- My family’s catastrophic loss due to Hurricane Laura
- Job’s profound loss – Job 1:13-19
- Job’s anguish echoed in the lives of those affected by tragedy – Job 3:24-26
- Despite misery, tragic circumstances, and unimaginable loss…Yahweh is STILL MY GOD
- Watching the Bible Project’s Overview of Job video before reading the book of Job for yourself – YouTube Video
- The idea that “the satan” referenced in Job may merely be “the one opposed” giving an opposing view to set the stage – BibleProject Blog Post Part One, BibleProject Blog Post Part Two
- The idea that the book of Job gives us answers we need to a question we rarely think to ask (John Walton)
- Honestly bringing our pain and grief to God, trusting that He actually cares and that He knows what He’s doing
- Remembering that the speeches given by Job and his friends are not God’s words — God speaks at the end
- What retribution theology is and how Job and his friends subscribe to this way of thinking – GotQuestions.org
- God’s response to Job – Job 38:1-3
- God’s wide perspective that we will never be able to fully grasp as finite beings
Check out the official music video of this week’s song below!
More Than a Song Playlist
- Lyrics and Chords – Ultimate-Guitar.com
- Story Behind the Song “Amadeo (Still My God)” by Ryan Stevenson – YouTube Video
This Week’s Challenge
Read the book of Job for yourself, but before you do, watch the BibleProject overview video. Try reading the text out loud for dramatic effect. Remember the question Job is asking is not the question God is trying to answer. Take in the text as a whole and know that you can trust God in the most trying of circumstances.