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Sunday AM Remix – 7.31.11

Have you ever had it all and then in a flash lost it?  Have you ever had one bad thing happen after another causing you to ask God, “Why”? This is exactly what happened to Job!  In the book of Job we see and incredible journey of faith.  It’s not a story of easy faith.  It’s a story of faith that survives one bad situation after another.  It’s a faith that draws Job closer to God, when everything in his life seemed to try to pull him away.  It’s a real life story that allows us to see the spiritual battle over one of Gods faithful! But it’s also a story that leaves us asking questions … the hard questions about our own faith.  Here are my notes from today’s message!

HEROES
Job:  God Does Not Waste Our Suffering
Job 1:21

** Job had a great life, but tragedy came knocking and turned his life upside down.

** TRUTH & REALITY: The accuser (Satan) is always looking to test the faith of Believers!

** When tragedy happened Job never stopped trusting God!

*** When tragedy happens, how do you respond? Do you tend to blame God or question Him?

*** Why God. Why would you let that happen?

*** It’s easy to ask why God questions when we don’t understand why things are happening!

** TRUTH: In our selfishness, it’s easier to blame others than to cry out to God for help!

** REALITY: God doesn’t promise to answer every problem, but he does promise to be with us in every situation.

 

LESSONS LEARNED FROM JOB

1.  God INITIATES the testing of Job. 

“Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came among them. The LORD said to Satan, ‘From where have you come?’ Satan answered the LORD and said, ‘From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking up and down on it.’ And the LORD said to Satan, ‘Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil?’” Job 1:6-8 (ESV)

Note:  Purpose is not to test Job as an end to itself; rather it’s an opportunity to honor God.  God is proving a point to Satan, Satan could not break someone’s faith regardless what he did to the person.

2.  Job BLESSED the name of the Lord rather than CURSE it as the accuser had hoped. 

“Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head and fell on the ground and worshiped. And he said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.’” Job 1:20-21 (ESV)

* QUESTION: If I was to lose it all like Job, what would my immediate reaction be? HONESTLY!!! It’s easy to say worship, until it really happens!!!

* Job had Boils with pus oozing out all over his body. Thanks for the visual Chris Chapman!!!

Note:  Christians are to submit to trials and still worship God, not because they see the reasons, but because God wills them and has His own reasons, which believers are to trust.

3.  Job’s friends have a simple theology, those who PROSPER must be righteous, and those who SUFFER must be wicked.

“Then Bildad the Shuhite answered and said: ‘How long will you say these things, and the words of your mouth be a great wind? Does God pervert justice? Or does the Almighty pervert the right? If your children have sinned against Him, He has delivered them into the hand of their transgression.’” Job 8:1-4 (ESV)

* REALITY: It’s easy to focus on the circumstances and the things seen instead of focussing on the things unseen and trusting God.

* TRUTH: One day God will restore all things.

* QUESTION: The question isn’t where is God, the real question is where do I put my faith?

* Jobs friends have an if … Then … theology?

NoteReligion is when circumstances in my life go wrong I am angry with God or myself, since I believe, like Job’s friends, that anyone who is good deserves a comfortable life.  Gospel is when circumstances in my life go wrong, I struggle but I know all my punishment fell on Jesus and that while He may allow this for my training He will exercise His Fatherly love within my trial.

* When things are tough in my life, do I fall back on religion or the Gospel. It’s a Works vs Faith situation.

4.  Elihu’s counsel . . . Job, “in this you are not RIGHT.  I will answer you, for God is GREATER than man.” Job 33:12 (ESV)

Note:  Though the righteous suffers, the sovereign Lord is just, He does not waste our suffering and is worthy to be exalted.

* My opinion doesn’t matter when compared to scripture.

** The Truth found in Scripture is the only thing that can change any person or situation.

“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, 3for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” James 1:2-4 (ESV)

“Behold, we consider those blessed who remained steadfast. You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful.” James 5:11 (ESV)

“More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. Romans 5:3-4 (ESV)

* TRUTH: The Gospel is not a formula … it’s a lifestyle.

* REALITY: If you’re not growing you are dying!!!

* TRUTH: Growth happens most on an individual level! But sadly, many people rely only on corporate worship experiences for growth.

5.  “The LORD said to Satan, ‘have you CONSIDERED my servant Job?’. . . Then the LORD ANSWERED Job out of the whirlwind and said: ‘Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?’” Job 1:8 . . . 38:1-2 (ESV)

Note:  In Job’s suffering he felt abandoned, yet through this test God gave him personal attention.

6.  God silences Job.  Job constantly wanting to ask questions of God; Job asked 114 questions searching for answers.  God responds by becoming the questioner, He asked 72 questions. 

 “Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind and said: ‘Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge? Dress for action like a man; I will question you, and you make it known to me.  Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?  Tell me, if you have understanding.  Who determined its measurements—surely you know!   Or who stretched the line upon it?’” Job 38:1-5 (ESV)

* God silences Job and basically tells him to man up!!!

Note:  God never told Job the reason for Job’s suffering; He questioned Job if he were eternal, great, powerful, wise and perfect.

* In this moment, Job realizes his greatest need is and always will be God!!!

7.  How we RESPOND matters. 

“Then Job answered the LORD and said: ’I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted. Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge? Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.  Hear, and I will speak; I will question you, and you make it known to me.  I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you; therefore I despise myself, and repent in dust and ashes.’” Job 42: 1-6 (ESV)

Note:  Job repents and confesses . . . God’s power and purpose will not fail.

Where are you in this story? Have situations caused you to question God?  Maybe the voices of others have caused you to distance yourself from God. Wherever you are, God is not far away!

Remember, the accuser is testing us to see if our faith is real, and to see if we will remain faithful. We have to realize that there is more to our battles than what are seen.  The next time the accuser (Satan) tests you, will you resist him … or will you give into the temptation?

If you missed this weeks message, I encourage you to get it here.  While you are there, browse around our website … we think you will like it and find it to be a great tool in inviting friends to FBC Harvester.

As always, I hope you make plans to join us at FBC Harvester next weekend! If distance is a problem, you are always welcome to listen to any of the teachings from our worship service from our website. If you have questions, please feel free to contact us here. We would love the privilege of helping where we can and seeing God do amazing things in our lives together.

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