Even today is my complaint rebellious and bitter; my stroke is heavier than my groaning.
Oh, that I knew where I might find Him, that I might come even to His seat!
I would lay my cause before Him and fill my mouth with arguments.
I would learn what He would answer me, and understand what He would say to me.
Would He plead against me with His great power? No, He would give heed to me.
There the righteous could reason with Him; so I should be acquitted by my Judge forever.
Behold, I go forward , but He is not there; I go backward , but I cannot perceive Him;
On the left hand where He works , but I cannot behold Him; He turns Himself to the right hand , but I cannot see Him.
But He knows the way that I take . When He has tried me, I shall come forth as refined gold .
My foot has held fast to His steps; His ways have I kept and not turned aside.
I have not gone back from the commandment of His lips; I have esteemed and treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food.
But He is unchangeable, and who can turn Him? And what He wants to do, that He does.
For He performs planned for me, and of many such matters He is mindful.
Therefore am I troubled and terrified at His presence; when I consider, I am in dread and afraid of Him.
For God has made my heart faint, timid, and broken, and the Almighty has terrified me,
Because I was not cut off before the darkness , neither has He covered the thick darkness from my face.
Summary: Job, in his troubles sought the Lord, but it seemed quite difficult to reach him. There are times we all face this same trouble. What do we do about it? Can we be assured that he is with us, even when we cannot seem to touch him?
Summary: Try to remember that no matter what Satan, the world, or this life throws at you, turn to the one who can see you through it all, and never give up on his promise to never leave or forsake you.
Summary: We find this Old Testament writer in our Scripture Text this morning alluding to the importance of What We Eat Spiritually – he talks to us about the importance of the feeding process. It parallels an “All You Can Eat Buffet.”
Summary: Proposition: When you are suffering, it is easier to agonize over the loss of God’s outward blessing and proper relationship to God Himself, than keep an upbeat attitude and keep from sinning in one’s inward spirit.
Summary: Funeral sermon for Alfred Bailey, long-term chair of the church Building and Grounds Committee, civic activist, and Martin Luther King Memorial founder. His unfinished tasks and his missed appointments are completed by a God who gave him many assignments
Summary: Job’s misery was a rough path to a grand finale. Job was God’s man for the mission of putting Satan in his place. Wealth, health, family and friends are no foundation on which to stand, only faith.
Summary: In the middle of intense suffering, Job proclaims that God knows and takes notice of our suffering. He also tells us that God is in control of the suffering. Lastly, we will see that God rewards endurance.