Summary: Job experienced what we might call the "Perfect" storm of life... we can learn how to handle these times by looking to his example.
Date Written: January 21, 2010
Date Preached: January 24, 2010
Where Preached: Oak Park (AM)
Sermon Series: A Series on Job
Sermon Title: The Perfect Storm of Job’s Life
Sermon Text: Job 30:26-31 [NLT]
26 So I looked for good, but evil came instead. I waited for the light, but darkness fell. 27 My heart is troubled and restless. Days of suffering torment me. 28 I walk in gloom, without sunlight. I stand in the public square and cry for help. 29 Instead, I am considered a brother to jackals and a companion to owls. 30 My skin has turned dark, and my bones burn with fever. 31 My harp plays sad music, and my flute accompanies those who weep.
This morning I am going to ask you to do something that may sound a bit strange… I want you to look squarely and honestly into the center of the dark clouds and the raging storm of your life!
Why would you want me to do that pastor… that is the most frightening and terrifying thing you could ask me to do… Well this morning I want us ALL to do it, so that we can come to the realization that when we look honestly at the storms of our life… when we see them for what they truly are, I know that for the believer you will find God has kept His promise to never leave you, to never forsake you, and to never stop using you for His glory.
This morning I want to bring 3 points to your attention...
A perfect storm of suffering may overwhelm you.
A perfect storm of suffering might drive you away from God.
God is most clearly revealed in the worst moments of our suffering.
Have you ever seen the movie, “The Perfect Storm”, it is a tragic dramatization of a true story about the fishing vessel named the Andrea Gail. She sunk in a storm of the Northeastern coast of New England!
Now for us to fully understand why the Andrea Gail never had a chance, one needs only to search the clues along the shoreline of the Eastern Seaboard.
The Andrea Gail had a crew of six, and the small fishing vessel was caught square in the crosshairs of the colliding storms. Sustained winds of 60 knots and sea swells of 39 feet were recorded, and unconfirmed reports told of even stronger winds and higher waves.
The movie that told her story, and coined the phrase “the perfect storm,” painted a graphic picture of a crew caught in the middle of overwhelming difficulty, pressed in on every side by the colliding weather patterns.
The fishing vessel went down sometime after midnight on Oct. 28, and ironically, its search and rescue, satellite-aided tracking system washed ashore a week later on Sable Island.
Strangely enough, the tracking device was found with its power switched off. Could it have been an accident…or was it a case of a storm so overwhelming, so devastating, that the captain of the ship simply turned the device off as a symbolic gesture of giving in to the worst storm he’d ever seen?
(Source: “The Perfect Storm, October 1991,” NOAA Satellite and Information Service, National Climatic Data Center.)