Scripture Reading: Job 1:6–12
A. This morning we looked at Job as an example of persevering and keeping our commitments to God and trusting Him.
B. There are many other valuable lessons to be learned from the contents of this book, including the words of Job and his friends.
I. We learn that even the faithful feel abandoned sometimes.
A. We might think we will never see good days again (7:7).
B. We may feel that God doesn’t understand (10:4–6).
C. When we feel like God has left us all alone, it is good to know He is still in control (38:1ff).
II. We learn that God understands many things that we don’t.
A. The best of human wisdom is folly (32:6–9; 36:23; 37:5).
B. God can see the end that He has in store for us (42:12–17; cf. James 5:11; 2 Corinthians 12:9).
C. God never forgets our works (1:8; 2:3; cf. 2 Timothy 2:12).
D. God is above reproach (9:10, 12; 33:12–13).
III. We learn that Satan is the real source of our troubles.
A. Suffering is the devil’s work, not God’s (1:9–12; 2:7).
B. Satan would like to have total control, but can only have what God permits him (1:12; 2:6).
IV. We learn that every man needs a Redeemer.
A. Even the most righteous need to repent (42:6).
B. It is marvelous to know that our Redeemer lives (19:25) and that we can live again (14:14).
A. We also learn that suffering isn’t always punishment (cf. Hebrews 11:35–38).
B. Job teaches us that suffering is a part of this life, but also that God is still in control and will bless us beyond measure in His time.