Children’s One Year Study Thru The Bible – May 26, Job 31, The Examined Life


This one year study thru the Bible for kids is designed to hit the highlights and provide practical application. I encourage you to read the whole section of scripture (Job 31) while we focus in on just a few verses.

Background: The book of Job tells the story of a faithful man who feared God. One day Satan (the acccuser) came to God making accusations against God’s people. God suggested that Satan take a look at His faithful servant Job. Satan told God that the only reason that Job was faithful was because God was blessing him. God therefore gave Satan permission to test Job. And Satan did; he destroyed Job’s crops, livestock, servants, houses and even killed Job’s children and finally Satan destroyed Job’s health. As Job searches for answers to his predicament, he examines his life to make sure that there is no sin for which he is being punished.

Ask the children…

What questions does Job examine himself with?

“Have I lied to anyone
    or deceived anyone?” (Job 31:5)

“Have I refused to help the poor,
    or crushed the hopes of widows?”
(Job 31:16)

“Have I put my trust in money
    or felt secure because of my gold?”
(Job 31:24)

Job takes a hard look at his life.  He asks himself about his own trustworthiness, his care for others less fortunate and what he places his trust in.  In each case he answers that he has not sinned in these areas. 

Ask your children to take a look at their lives in these areas?  For that matter, do it with them.  What do they find when they look?  If there are areas of sin, spend some time confessing those sins to God to experience His forgiveness and cleansing and then by God’s grace make a plan for making God honoring changes.  Remember, we can’t do anything apart from God’s power. 

Feel free to share your own stories below in the comments section.

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