Prayer: Help me, God, to respond to trials in a way that is pleasing to you. Amen.
Reading: Job 1:1, 2:1-10
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: You’ve probably heard or read this story before. Job is a well-known figure in the Old Testament. You may even have said that someone you know has “the patience of Job.”
When I read this story this time, I focused on how Job was the one that the devil went after. Satan went to God and God said, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man who fears God and turns away from evil. He still persists in his integrity, although you incited me against him, to destroy him for no reason.”?
Now, if I was Job and I knew that part of the story, I’d be upset. Here I am, a man of integrity and trying to follow God’s ways, and God tells the devil to come after me. What a reward for being one of God’s people!
But instead, look at Job responded. Despite all the trials that the devil but in front of him, he still had a positive attitude and talked favorably about God. Can we say the same thing about our lives? When we are tempted, do we point the finger at others or try to push the blame off ourselves and not be accountable for our actions?
As you re-read the story of Job, look at this response and decide how you will respond to trials in the future! --Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
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