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:
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
Then the Lord spoke to Job out of the storm. He said:
2 “Who is this that obscures my plans
with words without knowledge?
3 Brace yourself like a man;
I will question you,
and you shall answer me.
4 “Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?
Tell me, if you understand.
5 Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know!
Who stretched a measuring line across it?
6 On what were its footings set,
or who laid its cornerstone—
7 while the morning stars sang together
and all the angels shouted for joy?
8 “Who shut up the sea behind doors
when it burst forth from the womb,
9 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,
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
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!