January 23 | Job’s Response

Today’s Reading:

Read Job 6 & 9

Poor Job kept having bad things happen to him! Not only did he lose his children and his livestock, his
wife gave him some bad advice. She told him to forget about God and just give up. Doesn’t that sound
sad? Job had three friends come to visit him. At first, Job’s friends were great they just sat with Job
while he cried and was sad. But slowly, his friends started talking to him and they were not very

Job was definitely sad. He did not like what was happening to him. But, that did not stop him from
trusting God and continuing to pray for God to take the bad things away. One of his friends, Bildad,
actually told Job that the bad things were happening because Job had sin in his heart that he had not
asked God to forgive.

When bad things happen, it is not always a result of us doing something wrong. Sometimes, it is part of
God’s plan to bring us closer to him. It is important that we keep praying even if we are sad or hurt
and ask God to help us understand what is happening to us. Thankfully, we know that He is always with
us and He is always listening.


Do you know someone who might be hurting or struggling today? Pray that God gives them peace. But
also pray that God helps you to be a good friend to them.

January Memory Verse:

“All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”

2 Timothy 3:16-17

Using the daily reading prompts from George H. Guthrie’s Read the Bible for Life, here’s how to use this devotional:
  1. Bring your Bible!  Your kids need to see that everything you are reading to them or learning about comes from an actual Bible!
  2. Each day starts with a reading prompt.  Read the selection as a family.  If your kids are readers, encourage them to read along with you.
  3. After you’ve read the passage, read the short devotional thought that goes along with each passage.
  4. Prayer and application are important any time we read God’s word!  After each devotional, there is a challenge to help apply what your family has read that day.
  5. There is a reading for six days of the week.  The last reading of the week is a Gospel Conversation Prompt to help you connect the reading from the week with God’s plan for salvation.

Other Resources:

january memory verse

january memory verse song

january memory verse coloring sheet

january fill-in-the blank activity

january calendar