17-10-2021

THE RIGHT PERSPECTIVE

Job 38: 1-7; 34-41

Then the Lord spoke to Job out of the storm. He said: “Who is this that obscures my plans with words without knowledge? Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me.

“Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand. Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it? On what were its footings set, or who laid its cornerstone— while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy?

“Can you raise your voice to the clouds and cover yourself with a flood of water? Do you send the lightning bolts on their way? Do they report to you, ‘Here we are’? Who gives the ibis wisdom or gives the rooster understanding? Who has the wisdom to count the clouds? Who can tip over the water jars of the heavens when the dust becomes hard and the clods of earth stick together?

  1. What are some examples of things (hobbies, interests, people etc.) that once filled you with wonder and amazement but now seem ‘ordinary’ to you? 
  2. What is your relationship with God currently like? Does He still fill you with ‘awe’ or does he seem ‘ordinary’ to you?
  3. When we lose perspective over who God is, He can go from being extraordinary to ordinary. How do you currently view God?
  4. Job goes from being highly successful, to losing everything overnight (something many of us can relate to because of the global pandemic). This challenges his perspective of who God is and what God is capable of doing. Do you feel you can relate to the story of Job? If so, how? If not, why not?
  5. Job 38: 1-7 God questions Job about what he ‘knows’ and where he ‘was’ in regards to creation. How do you think God is trying to change Job’s perspective of Him? How is He trying to change our perspective of Him?
  6. Job 38:34-38 God questions Job about what he can ‘do’. What are some things God can do that we will never be able to do? And how does this challenge our perspective of Him?
  7. How does the idea of sin factor into things?
  8. Jesus accomplished what we could never accomplish, he overcame sin and conquered death. How can Jesus fill us with awe and wonder every day?
  9. What is one practical thing you can take away from this teaching and apply to your life this week?
  10. What would it mean for your church to live in awe and wonder of God?