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TITLE: Job Did Not Charge God with Wrong
TEXT: Job 1:20-22
PROPOSITION: We must not blame God for disasters in our life.
KEY WORD: Lessons
SCRIPTURE READING: Same
- This life is dangerous - earthquakes, tornadoes, fire, accidents, crime, etc.
- Out of pain and anger - some blame God for their grief.
- What does the Bible say about this?
God does not send every disaster.
God can send some disasters - 2 Samuel 24:1-17; Acts 27
For a divine purpose
To punish ungodliness - Genesis 19 - Sodom
To prove Job was not a hypocrite - Job 1:1, 6-12
Disasters strike the righteous as well as the unrighteous
Luke 13:1-5 - disasters do not just happen to the wicked
Such disasters prove man's helplessness
There is a greater power than man - Isaiah 41:11; Jeremiah 10:24
We should bow before God before the calamity strikes - Romans 14:11
The minister's duties in times of disaster
Lead the faithless to faith - Acts 16:25-34
Help the saints to glorify God in spite of the disaster - Job 2:10
Job's attitude was that of an obedient soldier
He did not complain:
- gave me sheep - Sabeans took them away - 1:14-15
- gave me sons - Satan took them away - 1:18-19
God has the right to test our loyalty and faith
- Abraham and Isaac
His faith helped to defeat Satan's plan, of which he was unaware
- 2 Corinthians 2:11 - Satan's devices
- Peter 5:8 - roaring lion seeking whom he might devour
When disaster strikes let the saints of God say:
Though he slay me - Job 13:15
To them that love God, all things - Romans 8:28
We'll consider our ways - Ecclesiastes 7:14
Let the bereaved remember:
All must die, tragically or otherwise
Tragic deaths, cause more sympathy
Going suddenly is better than lingering in pain
Live in preparedness, as Job did.
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