The Lord Giveth, The Lord Taketh Away
Sermon shared by Herman E. Wesley Iii
Summary: he fact that God alone is sovereign, having all power, must be understood by every person who would enter into a covenant relationship with the Lord. That the sacrificial death of Christ on Calvary’s cross was not to enable us: to never get sick,
Denomination: Christian/Church of Christ
Audience: General adults
THE LORD GIVETH...AND THE LORD TAKETH AWAY.
Because of your general theme, WHY BAD THINGS HAPPEN TO GOOD PEOPLE, I know there will be a great deal said off Job and his calamities throughout this week, so tonight, I am going to extract some intricate details from the verses I have been assigned, as to not step on everybody else’s lessons, which, as the preachers in this audience can tell you tonight, can be very easy to do.
I want to look briefly at three things tonight. I want us to consider:
I. JOB’S GRIEF (verse 20)
II. JOB’S PIETY (verse 20,21)
III. JOB’S VICTORY (verse 21)
Ya’ll got time for this tonight?
I. JOB’S GRIEF
The text assigned to me begins by saying "Then Job arose." But before we can understand the significance of the "Then" we need to understand "When" the "Then" was. We’re talking about Job’s grief. After the Heavenly Conference and Heavenly Challenge, here comes some Divine calamities in the life of Job. I call these Divine because they did not originate in the depths of the pits of hell, but these calamities came forth from the very throne room of God as God allowed Satan to begin systematically tearing down the hedge that God had previously erected around His servant Job. All in an effort to get Job to curse God.
• In verse number 14 and 15 he loses all his oxen and asses, and some servants.
• in verse number 16 he loses all his sheep, and some more servants.
• In verse number 17 he loses all his camels, and some more servants.
• In verse number 18 he loses all his sons and all his daughters...
and these things did not occur over a period of a few years or a few months or even a few days, but the operative phrase sandwiched between each calamity was "while he was yet speaking," which indicates that all of these things, all of these calamities, all of these troubles, all of this sorrow, all of these burdens came crashing in on Job at one time...
Are you hearing what I’m saying?
I am talking tonight to modern man who gets frustrated and at wit’s end when the doorbell rings and the phone rings and the baby cries and the children are hitting one another, and there’s food burning on top of the stove, all at the same time...I’m wanting you to comprehend, if you can, when the then came in Job’s grief! As everything he loved came crashing down right before his eyes, it is then that JOB AROSE!
His nature has now been stirred to its depths. He was deeply moved, deeply troubled, but He didn’t fall out, he didn’t fall down, it was then that JOB AROSE! He arose, and he rent his mantle. The mantle was a long outer garment worn by men of rank, and by priests. When he rent it, or tore it, that was a sign of sorrow and humiliation. Job was neither too insensible to feel grief, nor too proud to acknowledge it. There are some people who act like they never have troublesome days, they never had hard days, they never had difficult times or challenges to face. I’m not saying you need to walk around wearing your cares on your sleeves, but reality will teach you that difficult days will come, and don’t be so stoic and strong that you can’t shed a tear, don’t be so proud and haughty that you don’t
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