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Summary: We must cling to God even when we cannot find comfort in Him. Sermon idea & title borrowed from Eugene Pansler. Great Sermon, Brother Eugene.

Lessons On How To Turn Setbacks into Comebacks

Job 13 (quickview) .15

September 19, 2004 Chester FBC, Chester, IL Mike Fogerson, Speaker

Introduction:

A During the loss of first baby, Kaylea, a well-intentioned deacon named Brother Allen came to the house for a visit. (Scan picture of Kaylea from my shelf.)

a He was trying his best to minister, comfort, & support us. He used Job as a biblical point of reference to encourage us.

b Job, one of the oldest manuscripts in the Bible, probably written before Exodus!

B Jobs story: He had everything, he lost everything, and he got everything (plus interest) back.

a During his setback, he had three friends telling him how he must have done something wrong or God wouldn’t have punished him by taking away everything.

*Job’s buddy, Zophar calls him a phoney/hypocrite . . .

11 "For He knows false men, And He sees iniquity without investigating.

Job 11:11 (quickview)  (NASB) Curse God and die!!!

b In my self-centeredness, I was wanting to compare myself to Job, but I wasn’t like Job whatsoever. I was like his friends! His wife! His enemies!

*It wasn’t as much as why do bad things happen to good people as it is about religious people misunderstanding the way of the Lord with His kids.

2 Job placed his unwavering trust in God during the most difficult setbacks of his life. (ETS)

A "Though He slay me, I will hope in Him. Nevertheless I will argue my ways before Him. Job 13:15 (quickview)  (NASB) (Put text over picture of Kaylea as a background)

a We must cling to God even when we can not find comfort from Him. (ESS)

b I hope you will commit to putting these lessons on how to turn setbacks into comebacks into practice. (Objective)

B What lesson is most lacking in your setback experience? (Probing Question)

a Let’s look at two lessons from Job 13 (quickview) .15 can help us turn our greatest setbacks into our greatest comebacks. (Transitional Sentence)

b Pray

I The first lesson from Job 13 (quickview) .15 that can help us turn our setbacks into comebacks is . . . ALWAYS TRUST GOD! Job 13 (quickview) .15a Though He may slay me, I will hope in Him.

1 Job proclaimed that regardless what God would do (or allow happen) to him, he would never lose faith.

A Job had suffered tremendous loss at God’s permissible hand.

a He had lost the three things which are considered signs of a man’s well-bing.

1 He lost his wealth. (1.14-17) (Ox, camels, donkeys, sheep, servants)

2 He lost his children. (1.18-19) Sons, daughters, grandbabies

3 He lost his good health. (2.1-8) Boils from top of head to feet

b He lost his wealth & kids on the same day! Bankrupted emotionally & financially in one afternoon.

B Men have cursed God when any of these three things had happened to them.

a Job didn’t turn from God when all three happened to him!

b v.15, Job says , "God, you can kill me, but I’m not leaving you. Trusting you God is more important than living is to me."

2 Job’s ancient statement (Though He slay me, I will hope in Him.) to this day strikes dread into the heart of nominal Christians everywhere.

A That statement strikes my heart dreadful.

a Regardless of my setback, I’ve got to keep trusting God!


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