It was a great theological problem that God had forgiven sins in the Old Testament. Follow me.” (Matthew 8:20–22). The holocaust is a pointless evil. Set your mind on things above. I guess we can’t shave our heads. You put your forth your hand now and touch his bone and his flesh, — in other words, not just his kids and his cattle, his bone and his flesh — and he will curse you to your face. a tragic situation, blame God and give up on their faith? He is setting Job up for terrible calamity. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away. So the writer is endorsing Job’s interpretation of the death of his children. How could I practice being content in a situation … That would be bigger. They are immediately theological and personal and practical and pastoral significance and they are opposed in many places. He is right on the brink. You have got your car. What will you say to God? Have you ever felt that God was no... 2. And Job says: “Shall we receive good at the hand of the Lord? So there is the scene. Satan’s aim is to destroy our joy in God and, thus, belittle God. He is manifestly proud of Job. I don’t know if that is the nuance of this sentence or not, but given the situation, I am eager to help her out. SECOND, Mahaney has got a wonderful way when somebody asks him: How are you doing? He doesn’t use the word forgiveness, but that is the essence of it, that they might be forgiven for their sin against Job. So again it is the worth of God that is at stake. He doesn’t know anything about hygiene, zero. Written by Shana Schutte. I am a sinner. and uninterested in our affairs, He is with us step-by-step during our Well, there is a nice diamond in the front window if you haven’t noticed. Lean Into the Faith You Have Choose to remain faithful when there is no visible finish line and no feeling of relief. In this study, we will Resist the devil and he will flee from you (James 4:7). (John 11:1-46) tells the story of Mary, Martha, They all grew up here. The psalmist didn’t and Jeremiah didn’t. You desire to live a godly life, will be persecuted. AND TRUST IN GOD. The rape and dismemberment of a young girl is a pointless evil. God owes you nothing. 21 Verses to Hold On to When the Pain Won't Stop,Anne Peterson - Read more about spiritual life growth, Christian living, and faith. I have no more time. I affirm that. Number one, say them real quickly. that we are going to suffer in many different ways. All right. SECOND, He doesn’t get one more mention in the whole book. where to be found when you needed Him the most? So there are answers and I will give you my answers in these next four hours together, but my goal is that pastorally I would, for those of you will agree and will have it, build into your mind just a little more firmly a vision of God — of heaven, of life, of hell, of suffering, of Christ, of the ways of providence that will establish you so deeply, so that when the wave breaks over you, you won’t lose your footing and get mad at God. The book of Job teaches us so many things about life. By Shana Schutte. You know, I am not going to talk about when it was written and who wrote it and where because nobody knows these things. In this passage, two of Jesus’ disciples were I didn’t know you were the one who kills people and hates people and deceives people.” God is not a fool. In other word, Christ’s priorities about what he wants for you 400 folks in this room is so different from your priorities, probably, that if you don’t begin to get your mind saturated with his way of thinking, like commending as Job to this horrible marauder named Satan, then you won’t be able to make sense of the pain in your life. According to (Revelation 2:10), what And, again, Satan challenges the authenticity of Job’s reverence. That is just amazing. The accident that caused my brother’s death was a tragedy. Why wouldn’t it help boils? Learn to cry much, especially with others. Will you become a rebel against God if you get home and they are all dead? He is very, very proud of this man. Blessed be the name of the Lord in the face of ten dead children. Now, this is very strange of God. Brethren, we must never give up on God and our faith … Before we look at chapters one and two tonight, I want to lead in with five observations, five preliminary observations to set the stage for what we are doing. He had two concerns, two massive concerns that every father should have. You stand up and you hit your head on the cabinet door. Don’t you know that? You know, sometimes I have thought about that. I just want to die and go to heaven when I read that. This is not a mistake. isolated from God when we experience difficult times, however, the Bible So we are going to try to talk about sovereignty and mercy and compassion and suffering and, thus, be faithful to the New Testament observation that this is what it is all about: purposeful sovereignty, patient faith in the enduring prophet, he is called, and the glory of God’s mercy. Hold … For 33 years, he served as pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Now God is not a fool and he is not a bumbler. All right. When we suffer, we naturally want God (c) During our times of suffering, the most important thing to do is keep our And second, he loved his kids. I am 54 and I have vowed I have enjoyed 31 years of wonderful marriage, sexual delights, a friend of my soul, a woman who stands with me, edits my books, raises my children, is willing to let me go out and do things. Thank you for twenty years. And as I was thinking about this afternoon, I thought: That is about right, because It might still be an overstatement that this brain is about one-fortieth of Calvin’s brain. It is just there and we don’t quite know how it got there. William Barkley wrote so many commentaries before he died here some years ago and most pastors of the generation just before me fed on those. He still holds fast his integrity, although you moved me against him to destroy him without a cause. PSALM 18:30 NIV “As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is flawless. The funeral. Let us join with Job and affirm with all of our hearts the absolute sovereignty of God in our suffering. Who needs God? Let’s draw out some truths and then some application. 7 comforting Bible verses to hold on to in challenging times ... Who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. So I preached probably the fifth sermon I preached in my church was “Christ and Cancer,” so they would know what I say when I come to their hospital room right after they have been shaving and they suddenly feel something a little strange here and they go to get it checked out and their life is never the same. I am just so thrilled with that answer. He rent his robe. You have it on loan from God. throughout his body, it would have been easy for him to blame God and Never right to be mad at God. You see, we Americans, we are so rights driven that we transfer it to God as though he owes us anything. I mentioned at the beginning. If you saw it, you would probably want to throw up. __________________________________________________________________________. principles: (a) If we are faithful, God is present, even when He seems far away; Personal implication number one. Personal implication number two. God doesn’t have to prove anything to anybody. That is a very interesting phrase. Give me a dead kid on the mission field any day than a life, carnal unbeliever at home who is wealthy and prosperous with grandchildren until they are 90. If we lay hold of God's Word it will lay hold … He is not: “Oh, I didn’t know you are a thief. Nobody knows who wrote Job. His favorite response is: “Better than I deserve.” And the reason that is so good is that it forces him into a constant frame of gratitude. He could be mistaken. You are speaking like a foolish woman. God says in verse three: Have you considered my servant Job that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man who fears God, turns away from evil? I come to you as a pastor and my goal pastorally is the same goal I have for my people. Does it not shine? REFLECT ON WHEN WE ARE SUFFERING PHYSICALLY OR EMOTIONALLY. 1 Peter 5:8 says Satan prowls around like a roaring lion seeking to devour faith. Hebrews 9. Satan’s aim is to destroy our joy in God and, thus, belittle God. Here is what Satan says, verse four: Skin for skin. Come!” Jesus intentionally waits two more days. And I am hopeful that she will come back, though little is said. This is one of the reasons I don’t like the health, wealth and prosperity gospel. Hebrews 10:23 in all English translations. that we are going to suffer in many different ways. So how does he do when hear hears of his loss? Messenger comes and says that the fire of God — this is probably lightning — the fire of God — notice God. The word that describes us after Christ meets us with mighty grace: Alive. Practice Contentment. Verse 16 is blow number two. She has been my all. There is worms. 12:27-28) - only those who have a firm grasp on God's Word are going to be able to walk a clear path! This is the second component to faith. brought the disaster so they blame Him and give up their faith. There is real plain. The Bible teaches us That is your question tonight: Are your children more precious than God? So just understand we can’t take every verse. Because in Job 7:5 it describes it this way. Thank you for my faith. Verses two and three describe the way God had blessed him. Lean into it and bear through the discomfort that comes from trusting in what … We should resist him firm in our faith (1 Peter 5:9). So we are going to step back now and draw out truths. Who is John Piper that I should expect 33 years and not just 31? I have got five kids and guys lined up there. Every time somebody forsakes God for the world or gets mad at God when part of the world is taken away from them, they highlight the world as valuable. 2. He said to her: “You speak as one of the foolish women.” Meaning, you are not one of them, are you? Now on the heels of ... and you just can’t believe this, can you? GOD'S TIMING IS PERFECT WITH HIS ASSISTANCE, EVEN WHEN HE APPEARS So if you ever doubted what the point of the book of Job is, read James 5:11. My friends, if we are faithful, God is walking Why does God allow us to suffer instead I don’t feel guilty at all about that twentieth-anniversary celebration. And you will not have it much longer. He had seven sons you see there and three daughters, huge numbers of sheep and camels and oxen and servants. It coheres with the rest of the Bible and we embrace it as Scripture, as God’s Word and then we try to understand it. Hold on to your faith in God’s Word! Job teaches: “The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away” — or, as it says in chapter two — “Shall we receive good at the hand of the Lord and not receive boils?” Even though it is crystal clear here that Satan afflicted him with boils. It is the cross. to the point of death, so his sisters did the logical thing--they sent an look at some biblical principles that we should reflect on while we are going The word comes he is dead. We were riding to our little cabin up there, this little four-year-old who is not here anymore and we read the gospels to her over and over and over again every day and we said, "Maybe you will see a deer!” And she said, “Maybe I will see a fox in his hole.” I said, “Yes!” Because you know what she is quoting, don’t you? C.J. Sometimes you can see it when they are living lives of gratitude in prosperity. That is the issue in Job’s life. God knows the heart of Job. Though believing in God is good, it’s important to realize that it’s not enough . be late with His assistance, I would like to say that His timing is always This is how we "HOLD FIRM TO THE FAITH!" Thank you for the family. There is dirt. So he scrapes himself with this dirty thing and worms begin to grow in it. When I see that in my church I feel a little teeny piece of success, a little teeny piece of pastoral success. Satan, it says, afflicts him with these boils. We have seen the text, get the lay of the land here. This is huge. Let your tears flow freely when your calamity comes. Any human judge that acts that way, we unseat him and get a new judge that puts people in jail when they are supposed to go to jail. Every time somebody stays with God when the world is taken away and praises God when the world is taken away, they highlight the value and glory of God. It is horrible. She died there some weeks later with her children around her and people. See the circularity of this? Two calamities are done by evil men, we see them there, Sabeans and Chaldeans in verse 15 and 17. No particular time, no particular place, no particular kind of author. It is no accident. That is the inspired writer’s interpretation of where this ultimately came from — God. Is God more valuable or is health more valued? Wrestle with whether to live in a hole — or a nest, or a certain kind of house, or how much money to give, and what to keep. As far as he knows mud helps. God said, “He is in your power. We just know that the apostolic authority is on it. Some people believe that God is the one who Hebrews 11. And then repent twice. while he was running for his life from Saul? Satan afflicted him with boils. I know Christians frequently speak about the purpose of God in the midst of tragedy caused by someone else, but this I regard to simply be a piously confused way of thinking. And in verse nine she says: “Do you still hold fast to your integrity? And he insinuates in verse nine — you see this — he insinuates that Job is no great specimen of reverence for God. How is it described? Imagine ten children and all your wealth. We just see the truth. He scrapes them. He does according to his will in the hosts of heaven and month the inhabitants of the earth and none can stay his hand or say to him: What are you doing? It wasn’t sin that brought this down on Job’s head. So many people are mad at God and so many pastors are telling them it is okay. This is a little illustration. I would rather have a dead kid any day that believes than a live kid who doesn’t. Let us hold on to our faith in God. And now comes blow number four in verses 18 and 19 that all the children, all of them were crushed to death when a tornado or something like it caused their house to collapse. of immediately taking care of our problems? So the question is: What in the world is going on? I cannot conceive that it is the will of God that anyone should be run over by a driver under the influence of drink or that a young mother should die of leukemia or that someone in the first flush of youth should face increasingly helplessness of arteriosclerosis. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away. And we develop ways of justifying more and more stuff because God gives it. The word comes, “My brother is sick. But do you know what would show God that much more? Life is war whether things are going well and life is war when things are going bad. and their brother Lazarus. I have been kneeling at my prayer bench in my study. It is just horrible. So I point that out as the fourth observation by way of preliminary so that you know the issues we are dealing with here are not of remote theological significance. Anyway, three personal implications. So let’s go back now and figure out what is happening in heaven. 1Co 16:13 ¶ Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong. a. It teaches us the need to show … But which is the harder war? It is meant for you now. She says, “Foxes have holes.” And I hope she grows up wrestling like I am sure you do. So if you have your Bible you want to come to Job and let this writer speak. And he said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb. Weep with those who weep. 1. Lighting is called it “the fire of God,” (Job 1:6) although Satan is to blame has acted. For it is written and then he quotes Job 5:9 or 5:12, 5:9 is quoted probably in Romans 11. Should we blame God for all of the tragedies You can strip down to a wartime lifestyle and start spending yourself for others instead of padding yourself with more and more riches and more and more houses and more and more cars and more and more vacations and fatter and fatter retirement. To me growing a big church is no big deal. Hold on to your faith. Faith is important to God. Think about Lazarus. He says: “Good, let’s go.” And they question him, “Why did you wait?” And he said: “Because of your faith.”. Well, once. And I will quote you several so that you will know I am not making this up or overstating the case. Satan did this. When Job lost his sons and daughters, his But I am not going to talk about Jesus and the cross a lot, but I want you to remember everything good that comes your way through the book of Job was bought by Jesus Christ. And therefore when God takes it he is doing you no wrong. In ten minutes, he explains where that idea came from, and why he believes it is biblical. The Bible teaches us SECOND, GOD'S TIMING IS PERFECT WITH HIS ASSISTANCE, EVEN … All ten of his children were gathered in the same home of the oldest brother. The enemy of our soul seeks to discourage us, God’s people, because he knows that it won’t be long before Jesus Christ returns. You got it, 159. So if you have a heart disposition of child-like trust and delight in the glory of God, it is such a magnificent mirror of the glory of the Lord that when he looks down and sees his face shining back to him in your faith he says: I like that. It is not the way he thinks because what he values is hearts that are so enamored with him that that shines more clearly when everything we were leaning on is gone. That is scary theology because it seems to set us up to have to lose things in order to show our real metal. It is all aiming towards 42, towards chapter 42 and the display of a God who is sovereignly merciful and compassionate in the lives of his suffering saints. All of our resources exist to guide you toward everlasting joy in Jesus Christ. Satan’s aim is to destroy our joy in God. suffering as of late, I hope that this message has uplifted your spirit. It says so. I am sorry. He is one who fears God. difficult times. Those who have the Holy Spirit groan inwardly, Romans 8 says, awaiting our adoption and redemption of our bodies. And all of tens of thousands of angels watched to see if both of them would fall. We are going to try to go for gold. Download leader's notes in Microsoft Word, __________________________________________________________________________. It is never okay to be mad at God. It is: What in heaven is going on. Well, for the head bank on one day and toe stub on the other day. That is exactly what is going on here. When we experience difficult trials and And right now I have a man in our church who is about 36 or so who has Parkinson’s disease and he comes to the prayer meetings in the morning. You have got your 911. I am skipping over the heavenly scene to the calamity here. He turns away from evil. Have you ever felt that God was no How can that theologically be? FIRST, You are not really one of them. You see what I am doing? It says Job was afflicted with loathsome sores from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head and he took a potsherd — a little broken piece of pot — with which to scrape himself and he sat among the ashes. (1 And if the steadfast love of the Lord, experientially, now in this world and fully in the age to come is better than life, then we don’t lose it when we lose life and we don’t lose it when we lose everything that life can give. Look at all of this prosperity we have enjoyed.”. Nobody knows when it was written. One is the glory of God. King James Version (KJV) Public Domain . If you come into the room feeling God has been so good to me. illustration of this unseen presence is described in (Luke 24:13-35). Thank you that my dad is still alive. Quote from Greg Boyd: When an individual inflicts pain on another individual, I do not think we can go looking for the purpose of God in the event. Praise God anyhow. Some people blame God for things that He doesn’t And when we suffer, let us remember these three important It tends to cause people not to lean more on God, but to lean more on the gifts of God, to always be thinking in terms of the blessings of God not as I commune with God, but as a having of what God gives and we become addicted to it and we want more and more of it. assures us that God is present even when He seems far away. Nobody knows where it was written. And so I want to put Christ clearly, explicitly Jesus, underneath Job as the foundation of this book, because it is not about him explicitly. Easier said than done, right? DURING OUR TIMES OF SUFFERING, GOD IS NEAR EVEN WHEN HE SEEMS SO FAR AWAY. Twice if you don’t say it. 1) Todd (my husband) and I are very blessed to be able to get to know and to spend time with some of the greatest men... 2) I’m … Let us continue to hold firmly to the hope that we confess without … Your life is a gift. Thank you. Read these verses and share how they (b) God’s timing is perfect, even when He appears catastrophically late; and You go to the mission field and die at 36, I will have 10,000 times more joy than if you lived here till 86 and you died an unbeliever. to immediately take away our pain. Chapter 1:1 through 2:10. Paul warrants Job by calling it Scripture and then describing Scripture as inspired. Now let’s back up and see what is going on. Now I point this out because from the New Testament — in particular, Romans 3:25-26 — we are told that Christ Jesus is put forward by the Father as a demonstration of God’s righteousness and he did this because “he had passed over sins done beforehand in order that it might be seen that God is righteous,” that is, “both just and the justifier of him who has faith in Jesus”. Let’s join with Job. And one of the things a pastor needs to put on the table immediately is a sermon called “Christ and Cancer.”. Carnal people grow big churches. What in the world is going on, there is no answer. Let me read you what he said. They come in batches. So I just want to produce Jobs in this room like that, like that. And the only way not to get angry at God is to have your faith in his sovereign goodness so massively grounded that when the waves break over you, you already have categories in your mind and affections in your heart that can handle that. Only upon himself do not put forth your hand.” And then come the calamities that we have already seen. Tell us Job 5:12 quoted in 1 Corinthians 3:19. Curse God and die.”. But He was blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil. Are your children … Adulterers grow big churches. is always perfect? You are a trustee while you have it. And she simply loses it. Have you ever been so discouraged that DURING OUR TIMES OF SUFFERING, THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO DO IS KEEP OUR FAITH But this one is for sure. 2Th 2:15 Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, … And, no, nothing has. When a two month old child contracts a painful, incurable bone cancer that means suffering and death, it is a pointless evil. Got all the pleasures you want? Is this sin? Spare yourself some discipline and keep it simple. In John 10, Jesus quotes from Psalm 82, saying, “You are gods.” Does this mean human beings are gods, or is something else going on? Now the first calamity is this, verse 14 and 15. You reach down to caress your toe. But the worth of God shines in a powerful way to the world when in the midst of suffering we still don’t curse God, but say: Blessed be the name of the Lord. Trust the goodness of God and let him be your treasure and your joy. 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