Notes adapted from sermon I heard tonight by Dr Ben Pierce
Darlene G. Snyder
Job was Perfect/upright/feared God
In a short period of time he lost everything…servants, 10 children, barns…everything…his family, his possessions and his health.
Friends stared at him…accused him of sin in his life…lost support from his closest companion- his wife. She wanted him to curse God and die.
We all have been in a situation where we didn’t know what to do. Maybe family, or seeking God’s will in something.
Job couldn’t do anything about his situation. Couldn’t bring his family back.
There are things beyond our control.
Job went to the Lord and said to Him that he didn’t know what to do.
God permitted it. He didn’t make it happen….He knows all.
Don’t think because you are in a bad situation…that God is punishing you. He allows you to learn a lesson…He has a greater purpose…he permitted it and used it to allow Job to grow…to use him for a greater purpose…teach, train…trials for your faith to grow.
You can be in the perfect will of God and still go through trials. Jesus went through trials, pain and suffering.
It is when we are in our valleys that God speaks to us. He becomes more real to us. Our faith grows. We learn about prayer when we are in the valley.
God will use situations – when we won’t know what to do…So that we will look to Him…to long for Him…to talk to Him. We can endure. He is trying to tell us something. Wants to speak to our hearts. God can figure it out…He has the answer.
Blessed be the Name of the Lord…that’s what Job said when he didn’t know what else to say.
When you don’t know what to do… 3 things…
#1 Wait…just wait. We get in trouble when we don’t know what to do, but we take action anyway. We make the wrong move, the wrong decision. No move is better than the wrong move. God’s timing is best. Sometimes waiting feels like eternity. Isaiah 40:31
#2. Watch…be on guard. Watch and pray so as to not give in to temptation. Satan tried to get Job to sin. Sometimes people turn from God in tragedies. But Job, as temped as he was…still held on to his faith in God. Watch for satan’s fiery darts. Watch don’t react. Don’t blame God…watch what we; say, think, feel, and where we go…be careful what we do. Don’t blame God for everything wrong in your life. Jesus never fails us. Jesus is our friend.
#3 Worship. To think that all that Job went on through…he still worshipped God. Can you imagine praising God after losing a child? Finances? Family and friends? Everything? Job worshipped God. Why do we quit going to church when things go wrong? Who do you think wants you to stop worshipping God? God? NO! Satan is happy when you don’t fall in your knees before God. Job knew there still was a God in heaven and on His throne.
Get closer to God in whatever circumstances you find yourself in. Nothing should come between you and God.
God blessed Job for all he had gone through. Blessed him twice as much as he had in the beginning.