Summary: This sermon highlights how one can make the best of a bad situation.
Hold On, I’m Not Done Yet!
Job 1: 6-12
6Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD and Satan also came among them. 7And the LORD said to Satan, “From where do you come?”
So Satan answered the LORD and said, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking back and forth on it.” 8Then the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil?” 9So Satan answered the LORD and said,
“Does Job fear God for nothing? 10Have You not made a hedge around him, around his household, and around all that he has on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. 11But now, stretch out Your hand and touch all that he has, and he will surely curse You to Your face!”
12And the LORD said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your power; only do not lay a hand on his person.” So Satan went out from the presence of the LORD.
Have you ever felt like life has left you behind? Or have you ever felt like the pit of life has swallowed you up? Or Have you ever gone through a period when - - No matter what you did or do, it’s never enough.
Your activities seem not to satisfy anyone…. Your children are upset because you didn’t buy their favorite brand of cereal/snack. Your spouse is upset because the bills are too high, or for some strange reason everything went wrong at work today and your spouse brings it home to you.
Or your spouse is upset because you didn’t respond to their comments during dinner. Or if you are like me, you got stuck at the office, late again, and you missed dinner again with the family. Not realizing that your spouse has recognized that things have been a bit rough lately, so they prepare your favorite meal – They went the extra mile and pulled out the grill, grilled your steak just the way you like it ……. and prepared all the fixings near perfection. But you will never experience it in the love it was prepared due to your unforeseen circumstance that arose at work.
On the flip side, have you ever noticed that most people aren’t satisfied even when you’ve given your all, your absolute best. Now when you really analyze the situation, you’ve actually given them the best they’ve ever had. But guess what, it’s just not enough. It seems that the more you give the more they want…… Right?
SO, YOU ARE HAVING A BAD DAY…… RIGHT?
Today, I’d like to put your bad day experiences in the right perspective… Imagine with me if your will, Job living in the 21st century, in our day and time. Job a modern day business person, - his business is doing better than most, he has a lovely family, they all get along with one another. Though they sometimes have differences of opinions and sometimes disappoint one another, they know how to forgive and forget. As an independent business man /entrepreneur, Job is respected in his field of work and is seen as a pillar in the community. Job attends church regularly and is an active participant. As a matter of fact, his ten children were active missionaries to Honduras.. Get the Picture?
So let’s listen in on Job’s conversation as he relaxes on the patio after a delightful afternoon with Mrs. Job. His blackberry buzzes relentlessly, his pager goes off violently, his Nextel begins to ring non-stop and the house phone is chiming extremely loud throughout the house… I can hear Job saying to himself “Lord, don’t these people know that it’s the weekend.” Lazily Job grabs the blackberry, because it’s near by…. And from that point on, Job’s life will never be the same……“Hello” ……
Blackberry Message from V.P. of Operations: John
“Our largest customer has just merged with our major competitor…. Hold On, I’m not done yet! And all competing contracts have been canceled as of Monday.”
Nextel Message from V.P. of Finance: Veronica
“The bank just called and has put a freeze on all our assets…… Hold On, I’m not done yet! And Job they’re calling in all outstanding accounts immediately.”
House Phone Message V.P. of Sales: Mark
“Our second largest customer just phoned in and canceled all future orders……Hold On, I’m not done yet!.. and Job, they looking to return all excess inventory.
Door Bell Rings, its Sam, the Chief of Police, Job long time friend:
“Job, you did allow the local Missions Team to use your corporate jet to fly to Honduras….Job, I’m sorry to report but the jet crashed about an hour ago….. Hold On, I’m not done yet!!!.. There are no survivors…