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Hope After The Storm— 5/6/18

Happy Tuesday #teamawakening family!

This past Sunday was the start of a new month, and that meant a new theme: “Hope After The Storm”.

We spent the month of April talking about staying ROOTED IN THE STORM when we face the storms of life, so this month we wanted to talk about the hope that awaits us after the storm.

We looked at the story of a man named Job. Read the book of Job the next time you think that you’re having the “worst day ever”. You may change your mind!

We looked at Job’s life in three different phases:

1.      Before the Storm

Job 1 tells us what Job’s life was like before he encountered his storm:

1.  He was blameless and upright; feared God and shunned evil.
2.  He had seven sons; 3 daughters; 7,000 sheep; 3,000 camels; 500 yoke of oxen(1,000 total), 500 donkeys,
     and a large number of servants.
3.  He was the greatest among all men of the east.
4.  God said of Job— There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God
and shuns evil.

When you are a person of this much wealth and influence, people look to see how you respond to hard times. Job encountered an incredibly hard time of life and serves as an example of hope to us all today.

2.     During the Storm

Satan was convinced  that the only reason Job was so loyal and dedicated to God was because of the favor God had given him in life, and was certain that Job would renounce his faith if he encountered hard times. Check out the storms that Job faced:
First attack:
1.   1:14— The oxen and donkeys are stolen. Servants were killed.
2.  1:16— Sheep and servants burned up in the fire.
3.  1:17— Camels are stolen.
4.  1:18-19— Children are killed.

 
Reflection Point:

                               1.  Take a moment to think about what Job lost.
                               2.  How would you respond?
                               3.  Have you ever felt like you lost everything that was important to you?
                               4.  Where is the hope and promise in those situations?
5.  1:22— Job still did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.
Second attack:
1.  Satan comes at Job again and attacks his physical well-being and Job has boils from head to toe.
2.  Job’s wife, who should have been his closest and biggest supporter, is not supportive at all.
     Job 2:9-10NIV says, His wife said to him, “Are you still holding on to your integrity? Curse God and die.
     10 He replied, “You are talking like a foolish woman.    
     Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble ?” In all this, Job did not sin in what he said.
     Check out this video clip from Tim Hawkins on Job’s wife for a little humor on the subject:

3.  Job 3— Job unloads and curses the day he was born.
4.  Job 4-31— Jobs friends argue with Job and accuse Job of wrongdoing!
5.   Job 38-39— God speaks to Job and corrects him for earlier claiming that the righteous are punished and the wicked rewarded.
                               Check out a few of the verses of God’s comments to Job in Job 38:1-10NIV:

Then the Lord spoke to Job out of the storm. He said:

“Who is this that obscures my plans
    with words without knowledge?
Brace yourself like a man;
    I will question you,
    and you shall answer me.

“Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?
    Tell me, if you understand.
Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know!
    Who stretched a measuring line across it?
On what were its footings set,
    or who laid its cornerstone—
while the morning stars sang together
    and all the angels shouted for joy?

“Who shut up the sea behind doors
    when it burst forth from the womb,
when I made the clouds its garment
    and wrapped it in thick darkness,
10 when I fixed limits for it
    and set its doors and bars in place,

 5.  Job replies in Job 40:3-5NIV
Then Job answered the Lord:
 
             4 I am so insignificant. How can I answer you?
             I place my hand over my mouth.
            5 I have spoken once, and I will not reply;
            twice, but now I can add nothing.

6.   God again questions Job— Job 40:6-41:34. After his conversation with God, Job begins to see things differently. Job has now been opposed by his wife,”friends”, and corrected by God, but there is still hope in the promise.

 

3.     After the Storm

Check out Job’s response in Job 42:1-6:

           Then Job replied to the Lord:

             2 “I know that you can do all things;
               no purpose of yours can be thwarted.
             3 You asked, ‘Who is this that obscures my plans without knowledge?’
              Surely I spoke of things I did not understand,
              things too wonderful for me to know.

            4 “You said, ‘Listen now, and I will speak;
              I will question you,
              and you shall answer me.’
            5 My ears had heard of you
             but now my eyes have seen you.
            6 Therefore I despise myself
              and repent in dust and ashes.”

 

Job says in verse five that had heard of God, now he had seen him for himself. The word “seen” in the Hebrew means: to know, become visible, to look, recognize, realize. Job had been committed to God based on what he knew about God. Now, he knew God.

Are you currently living your life based on what you know about God without truly knowing him? Many people come to church and hear songs and messages about God and know all kinds of things about God without ever taking the time to get to know God personally.

Fortunately, the story of Job has a happy ending. God restored everything that Satan destroyed! The rest of Job 42 tells us that Job had 14,000 sheep and goats; 6,000 camels, 1,000 yoke of oxen, 1,000 female donkeys; 7 sons and 3 daughters.

Job refused to turn his back on God, stayed ROOTED IN THE STORM, and found his HOPE AFTER THE STORM!

Have a great week!

-Pastor Dustin