Summary: How can I make it through my unbearable hardship?
Even Great Faith Needs a Mediator
PROPOSITION: Because Christ victoriously conquered suffering, rest in Him to carry you through your hardships.
I. Submit to God’s working in your life. 9:1-13
A. I know the doctrine of God’s justice! (1)
1. He is holy and just.
2. He cannot pervert justice.
B. I know the doctrine of God’s omniscience and omnipotence! (2-12)
1. God’s wisdom and power identified (1-4).
a. Job quickly acknowledges his own inability to argue his case (3).
b. Job’s problem: His inability to prove His righteousness (3).
c. Nobody can defy such a strong and wise God successfully (4).
2. God’s wisdom and power explained (5-13).
a. God’s power over creation described (5-7).
b. God’s acts of wisdom in creation (8-10).
c. God’s victory over foes (11-13).
II. Submit to God’s will for your life. 9:14-35
A. How then can I dispute with God? (14-24)
1. Job has no case to argue before God (14-19).
a. I need His mercy (14-15).
b. I need His attention (16).
c. I am unfairly tested (17-18).
d. I have no grounds to contend with God (19).
2. Job cannot defend himself in court (20-24).
a. my words would prove me guilty (20).
b. my anguish has no escape (21).
c. my God treats the righteous and wicked the same (22-24).
B. How then can I prove my innocence? (25-35)
1. Why do I labor in vain (25-31)?
a. His life is swiftly passing (25-26).
b. His futility with self-effort (27-31).
2. Why, I need an arbiter (32-35).
a. The distance between God and man is too great (32).
b. Job grasps for any means to restore his relationship with God (33).
c. If I had a mediator I could approach God without fear (34).