Summary: To lead the people to understand that God has the right to do whatever He wants with His creation as His sovereign justice is always perfect.
A Powerful Answer – Job 38:1-42:17
Preparation for the Preacher
1. Aim: To lead the people to understand that God has the right to do whatever He wants with His creation as His sovereign justice is always perfect.
2. Explanation of the Aim: The Lord now declares to Job that his complaining is unjustified. God not only knows the past, but He also knows everything about the future. His ways are beyond the grasp of finite human thinking. We should not become fatalistic, but believe that God knows what is best encouraging us to trust and obey Him in all circumstances. A Christian has all confidence that God is able to utilize everything for His greater purposes in and through our lives.
3. The Bible Story: It is noteworthy that the Lord does not say anything about Job’s suffering nor does he speak to Job’s problem about divine justice. We do not have the right to expect God to give us an explanation for everything that He does.
The Lord does not declare Job guilty or innocent in His address. Instead, the Lord presents Job with a series of rhetorical questions designed to persuade and impress him with the reality of the greatness of His Sovereign power.
God does not humiliate Job because he wants him to learn from every experience. Only when we begin to appreciate God’s sovereign control over all things are we able to completely praise, trust and obey Him. At the end of the book Job is vindicated and made much better man as a result of his suffering and new understanding.
Application: Let us trust the Lord to use our Job like trials to bring us to a higher level of Christian maturity in all dimensions of life.
4. Prepare to Teach: The INTRODUCTION is designed to help the people explain what they understand about God’s sovereign power.
Ask the people to give a definition of sovereign (Supreme power and rule). See if any of the people can explain what is the definition of power (ability to accomplish an act, authority, control, mastery). God’s sovereign power is not to be questioned even when we are going through difficult hardships – why is this true?
The BIBLE STORY is filled with God’s rhetorical questions to Job as a way of educating, impressing and persuading him that no one has the right to question why God allows adversity to come into our lives. The
MEANING FOR OUR LIVES gives the people an opportunity to make applications in their lives. Ask the people if they can describe what are some of the reasons why God has all sovereign power over every aspect of heaven and earth and every person and spirit there in? Why is it important that we take the same attitude that Job acquired in Job 42:1-3? Why is it important that we understand and teach others that God and His purposes are supreme above everything?
Ask the people to explain what they understand about God’s sovereign power.
Give an example of how God’s sovereign power is often misunderstood by many non-christians who do not have an intimate knowledge of God’s attributes. Why do non-christians fail to grasp the truth about God’s sovereign power? (I Cor. 2:14-16)