Job, a man of righteousness, now finds himself in the midst of unimaginable suffering. The weight of his afflictions has pushed him to the edge, and in this passage, we witness his soul cry out in anguish. Job’s words, like a symphony of pain, reverberate through the pages of Scripture, giving voice to the unspoken agony that lingers in the depths of our own hearts. But Job’s cry is not the end of the story: it’s within the wrestling, the questioning, and the pursuit of truth that we discover the contours of our faith and the greatness of our God. As we study this passage, let us remember that our own suffering does not disqualify us from God’s love or favor. Instead, it serves as a catalyst for growth, a forge where our character is refined and our faith deepened.
Other Scriptures to Engage with this week:
- Lamentations 3:1-40
- Psalm 13
- Jeremiah 20:7-18
- Habakkuk 1
- Psalm 69
- Isaiah 63:15-64:4
Use SOAP through the summer
Growth Groups take a break during the summer months, so we don’t have specific discussion questions for these Engage passages. Instead, we encourage you to use the SOAP Method (Scripture, Observation, Application, and Prayer). It’s a systematic way to engage with the Bible, encouraging personal reflection, spiritual growth, and a deeper understanding of Scripture. The tabs below will explain each step and offer some specific guidance and questions to ask as you reflect on the Scriptures.
Pray before you begin asking God to help you understand and apply what you read. Read the passage through once or twice before moving on to observation.
Consider any of these as you study the passage:
- Unpack the passage by answering who, what, where, when, why and how.
- Look for words that stand out to you or are repeated throughout the passage.
- List the characters involved and write out what you learn about them.
- Write out the passage in your own words.
- List any question you have about the passage.
Summarize the truth of this passage in your own words. Then ask yourself, is there some area of my life where this truth is needed?
- Is there an example for me to follow?
- Is there a command to obey?
- Is there a sin to avoid?
- Is there a verse to memorize?
- Is there a promise to claim?
Write out a brief prayer to close your study:
- Tell God what you learned in his Word.
- Commit to applying the truths you learned in this passage.