Be Careful In Your Assumptions
READ Job 4:1-7:21
SITUATION Job's friends failed to understand his situation and wrongly accused him of bringing his troubles upon himself through sin. Job defended himself against these accusations.
OBSERVATION Be careful in your assumptions. Don't judge too quickly, because only God knows all the details of every situation.
INSPIRATION It is over-powering to think of all the knowledge of God in our generation, we have witnessed an enormous knowledge explosion, in science, literature, philosophy, geography, history, and every other sphere, new books, pour out in seemingly endless procession. Our libraries are glutted. Specialization is the name of the game. Experts are proficient in only a small field they can never hope to cover the spectrum. But God has full knowledge of everything in heaven and on earth, and He doles this knowledge out to people in thimblefuls.
Whenever He does, these people are promptly acclaimed as discoverers.
But there is still so much we do not know. Though we can travel to the moon, we can't understand how a bee can fly. Though we can transplant human hearts, we can't cure the common cold. We can conquer outer space be we can not conquer inner space. We can make war, but we cannot make peace. We know so much, and yet we know so little. With God there are no mysteries, no insoluble problems, no puzzles . . .
This attribute of God should have a profound effect on our lives. How we should honor the Lord as we muse over the infinite dimensions of His knowledge! How we should sing His praises! (From Alone in Majesty by William MacDonald)
APPLICATION Are you knowledgeable in a certain area? Do people ask you for help, advice, or an opinion? Refuse to be proud. Use your knowledge as a gift from God for the good of others. Praise God because of this gift.
EXPLORATION Trust in God -- Psalm 37:3-7; Proverbs 3:5-6; Matthew 10:16-39; Romans 11:33.
The Devotional Bible - Experiencing the Heart of Jesus - Max Lucado General Editor, Thomas Nelson Publishers, New Century Version.