Job an Jesus-Part 2-"My complaint is bitter..."
Scripture: Job 23:1-17, John 11:33-37, Matthew 27:45-50
Theme: The wisdom that Job and Jesus embody is to be gut-wrenchingly honest to the all-mighty and all loving God with our deepest pain and grief. Unexpressed grief leads to shrinkage of faith and godless piety, where expressed grief leads to robust faith and godly life.
1. What do you think God was saying to you through the message today?
2. What do you think prevents people from being totally honest with God (or others) about their pain and suffering?
3. Read Job 23:1-17. How would you respond to your friend who spoke like that?
4. How have you seen the power of lament in grieving?
5. Have you ever felt like God was absolutely absent from your life in the way Job expresses in 23:8-9?
6. What is the significance of Jesus’ weeping in John 11:35 and his cry of grief on the cross in Matthew 27:45-50?
7. Is there someone in your life who is grieving that you need to go to and be with in their time of grief? Make a plan to do that.
8. Is there an unresolved area of pain or suffering in your life that you still need to be honest with God about?
9. How do you feel led to pray?
Job and Jesus Study Challenge:
Choose a time and place to be quiet for 15 minutes.
Start by listing three things for which you are thankful.
Invite Christ to speak to you through the reading of the scripture.
As you read the scripture passage, ask these three questions:
1. What does this passage say about God, suffering and perseverance?
2. Who in my life needs to hear these truths?
3. How can I pray based off this passage?
Finish in prayer for yourself, your family, your neighbors, your co-workers, your church.
Week 2 (October 14)
Monday: Job 23:1-17
Tuesday: John 11:33-37, Matthew 27:45-50
Wednesday: Psalm 22
Thursday: Isaiah 53
Friday: Psalm 55