Summary: Everyone goes through tough times. Although we may never know the answers or the "why’s" to our problems there are some things we can know which will bring us great strength in times of trouble.
TWO THINGS WE NEED TO KNOW IN TIMES OF TROUBLE
From the day sin entered the world man has faced hard times as sin has corrupted not only the hearts and minds of man, but also corrupted creation itself. Admittedly, some have faced tougher times than others, and the reasons why cannot be explained. But one thing is certain is we all will go through some times of great struggle. It is simply a part of life.
When these times come what do you hold on to when there seems to be no answers?
Where do you draw hope from when there simply seems to be no hope?
I think about that single mother in Honduras with five children living in total poverty with little hope of seeing all if any of her children growing up to adulthood. What does she hold on to?
I think about the man who has lost everything in the hurricane: his family, his home, his job. What does he hold on to?
I think about the young mother and children whose husband and daddy just committed suicide. What do they hold on to?
God, in his providential wisdom knew these times would come for each of us and in His love gave us an example in His friend Job. Job was a man who lost everything. He lost his family, his finances, his health and even friends.
Job could not answer the questions of why such terrible tragedy would come knocking at his door, but in the darkness of it all Job found strength in what he did know....
1) JOB KNEW HE HAD A PERSONAL SAVIOR
“For I know that my redeemer liveth,...”
a. Personal Savior
b. Living Savior
Because He lives I can face tomorrow
Because He lives all fear is gone
Because I know He hold the future
And life is worth the living just because He lives
c. Faithful Savior “Redeemer”
kinsmen redeemer: family member whose role is to vindicate/make things right
2) JOB KNEW THERE’S A NEW DAY COMING (19:25b-27)
and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: 26 And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God: 27 Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.
a. Jesus is Coming Again as King of Kings
b. Jesus, Our Redeemer, Will Make All things Right
c. Jesus Will Make all Things New (Rev 21:1-5)
And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. 2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. 4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. 5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.
Jesus, our Redeemer will give us a...