God, What Are You Trying to Teach Me? | Job 1:1-5
In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil. He had seven sons and three daughters, and he owned seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen and five hundred donkeys, and had a large number of servants. He was the greatest man among all the people of the East. His sons used to take turns holding feasts in their homes, and they would invite their three sisters to eat and drink with them. When a period of feasting had run its course, Job would send and have them purified. Early in the morning he would sacrifice a burnt offering for each of them, thinking, "Perhaps my children have sinned and cursed God in their hearts." This was Job's regular custom.
This week we are going to follow the journey of a great man who walked with God and held evil at bay. He was blessed with ten children and wealth. He not only took care of himself, but his “regular custom” was to make sure his children purified by the sacrifice of a burnt offering. Job was strolling along singing Curley’s song from Oklahoma—Oh, what a beautiful morning; Oh, what a beautiful day…and everything was going his way until…the bottom fell out of his life. There was a time when a person heard the name “Job” and thought “blessing;” today the name is tantamount to suffering.
Job never saw it coming. But wave after wave after wave of disaster crashed into his front door. Tragedy, loss, illness, rejection, annoying friends…pain pierced Job’s heart. Even his wife turned on him. One day he basked in blessing; the next he baked in the heat of calamity. I am amazed how quickly Job’s world turned upside down. Maybe your world has turned just as suddenly.
So maybe you sit in Job’s seat today. A broken body…a broken heart…a broken spirit has left you sitting in emotional loneliness and fear. Times of blessing are a distant memory. Pain has become a constant companion. Let’s follow this man and his journey. We will learn about real pain, real prayer, really bad counsel, and real recovery. And most of all we’ll learn about a Great God.
Father, I pray for those sitting in Job’s seat today. Comfort them. Encourage them. Deliver them. Show them that you are still the Great God! In Jesus Name. Amen.