Summary: It is very easy to trust God when things are going good. But when one
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Trust God | Job
It is very easy to trust God when things are going good. But when one goes to a difficult phase in life, that is where our trust in God really matters. Having faith in God during difficult times can be incredibly hard. But I want to testify that trusting God in difficult times, even finding joy in trials is possible for any of us.
What Does The Book Of Job Teach Us? Trust God.
I want to show you that it is possible to have HOPE and JOY when you’re trusting God through a difficult time. We are going to base our study on the book of Job.
Let’s us look at the closing section of this book.
7After the Lord had said these things to Job, he said to Eliphaz the Temanite, “I am angry with you and your two friends, because you have not spoken the truth about me, as my servant Job has. 8So now take seven bulls and seven rams and go to my servant Job and sacrifice a burnt offering for yourselves. My servant Job will pray for you, and I will accept his prayer and not deal with you according to your folly. You have not spoken the truth about me, as my servant Job has.” 9So Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite did what the Lord told them; and the Lord accepted Job’s prayer.
10After Job had prayed for his friends, the Lord restored his fortunes and gave him twice as much as he had before. 11All his brothers and sisters and everyone who had known him before came and ate with him in his house. They comforted and consoled him over all the trouble the Lord had brought on him, and each one gave him a piece of silverand a gold ring.
12The Lord blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the former part. He had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, a thousand yoke of oxen and a thousand donkeys. 13And he also had seven sons and three daughters. 14The first daughter he named Jemimah, the second Keziah and the third Keren-Happuch. 15Nowhere in all the land were there found women as beautiful as Job’s daughters, and their father granted them an inheritance along with their brothers.
16After this, Job lived a hundred and forty years; he saw his children and their children to the fourth generation. 17And so Job died, an old man and full of years.
God rebukes Eliphaz, Bildad and Zophar because they have not spoken the truth about God.
God declared that everything Job said was right.
Job said a lot of things in the book which was wrong. But here God is giving approval that whatever Job has spoken in response to YAHWEH’s speech in Job 42 is right, which include his repentance.
So this is not a rebuke to the three friends for their initial speech but this is a rebuke to Eliphaz and his friends for not giving a penitent response when God spoke. They could have repented off their words but they chose to remain silent when Job repented. The friends have not repented at the light of the theophany, or the appearance of God.
When God ministers to us, we must be quick to repent.
The problem with Eliphaz is that he spoke as God’s spokesman and now God compels him to repent as he was wrong.
God asks Eliphaz and his friends to sacrifice for their sins.
The Lord accepted their prayer.
Job prayers for his friends.
God restores Job’s fortunes and gave him twice as much as he had before.
Job lived 140 years and died an old man, full of years.
This is happy ending to a story but this is not a legitimate conclusion to the book, that you repent and you get prosperous and that is not what the Bible says.
Prosperity is not a reward Job has earned nor a reward that God is obliged to give. Whatever prosperity Job experiences is a gift from God.
The restoration of Job’s prosperity is not intended to erase his pain. Restoring Job’s prosperity does not erase the suffering he experienced. It is a hollow understanding. Providing Job with more children does not heal the grief for the children that he lost.
What do we learn from the book of Job? Today, as we are concluding this book, I am going to look at the overall message of this book. This will give us the input on trusting God in difficult times.
Role Of Job
First, Job did not respond well to suffering.
Secondly, he spoke and behaved during his suffering with inadequate wisdom.
Also, Job said: Why the righteous have to suffer? God is unjust. God is his enemy. Job’s prescription to the remedy for his pain: Confront God. They are all incorrect.