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November 28, 2021 | Ed Stetzer
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Have you ever wanted something so badly, but when you actually got it . . . you had no idea what to do with it? In Job 38, this is exactly what happens to Job. After over 30 chapters of desiring his day in court with God to present his case of innocence and question the Lord, Job finally got what he wanted, but it definitely didn’t go the way he thought it would. This past weekend, Pastor Doug shared a powerful message from Job 38–41, exploring the moment God broke His silence and spoke to Job—giving us an amazing view of the character, sovereignty, and wisdom of God.
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We Serve a God Who Shows Up (Job 38:1–3): God doesn’t always show up when we want Him to or how we want Him to. He doesn’t always show up to explain Himself or help us understand why things happen as they do . . . but here’s the thing: He always shows up. Our God never abandons us, He is always with us. Sometimes He's silent, but He's always working in the background. In Job’s case God showed up, and instead of answering all of Job’s questions as to why certain things happened to him, He asked Job a series of questions to not only make him realize he should never question God in the first place but also so he can gain a deeper understanding of God's character and sovereignty.
We Worship a God Who Has a Higher View (Job 38:4–39:30): As His image bearers, God gave us the desire to search for understanding; it’s how we find Him to begin with. But here’s the thing: Even though we are made in God’s image, but we are not God, thus our ability to understand, to comprehend the deep mysteries and inner workings of the universe, has limits. One of these great mysteries that we long to understand is the mystery of suffering.
If we’re being honest, we can all admit that we don’t like being told something is beyond our grasp . . . but when it comes to God and His ways, that’s 100% true. Some things are simply well beyond us. When it comes to suffering, truthfully, this concept is beyond us. Sometimes, we may never truly discover the reason for our suffering; and most of the time, even if we do discover the answer, it doesn’t make it any easier to suffer. This is where trust and obedience come in. If we trust in the Lord, if we cling to the fact that He has a higher view and that He works all things for the good of those who love Him and have been called according to His purposes (Romans 8:28), then we can trust that He is working in our suffering and we can walk in obedience.
We Talk to a God Who Talks Back (Isaiah 42:14; Jeremiah 19:15): Job has been focusing on His pain. Usually when we experience suffering and trials, we tend to have tunnel vision. We focus on our view and see only our pain. This can often lead us to being disappointed with God. You don’t know what it’s like to be me. God you don’t know what I’m feeling or dealing with. The problem with tunnel vision is that it prevents us from seeing anything else. And so, in these chapters of Job, God flips the script and gives Job a glimpse of what it’s like to be Him.
Here in Job 38–41, the Lord gives Job a lesson on what it’s like to be God. He gives him a glimpse of the higher view He has and Job becomes overwhelmed. Job comes to realize that he has so little understanding and wisdom and no leg to stand on in questioning the Lord and His will and purposes.
We Wrestle With a God Who Is Not Our Equal (Job 40:1–14): Sometimes, our children try to contend with us. Toddlers, pre-adolescent children, and teenagers constantly question their parents and the things they do. Now, the parent has good reason for prohibiting the child from certain things, doling out consequences for certain actions, and instituting certain rules, but the child can’t see it and recoils. They don’t see the higher view the parent does, they don’t have the knowledge or experience the parent does, they don’t understand the way the world works to the same degree as the parent does, and in their limited view they can’t understand why the parent is doing this to them. And so, they try to wrestle with the parent, to question things, to fight . . .
Similarly, we contend with the Lord, even though we’re nowhere near His level. And so, when God gave Job a tiny glimpse, Job was speechless. He withdrew his questions. For Job, every trace of disappointment and questioning was swept away in the presence of the Lord. All He could do was fall down and worship.
Quote to Remember: We don’t like being told something is beyond our grasp.—Pastor Doug Sauder
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This Wednesday, Pastor Doug will explore the intense back-and-forth exchange between Job and his friends. Find out how Job reacts to his well-intentioned, yet misguided friends and discover how to respond when good friends give bad advice.
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Danny Saavedra is a licensed minister who has served on staff at Calvary since 2012, managing the Calvary Devotional and digital discipleship resources. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His wife Stephanie, son Jude, and daughter Zoe share a love of Star Wars, good food, having friends over for dinner, and studying the Word together as a family.