How to Stand When You Don't Understand
2005, Pastor Adrian Rogers Archives -- As you go through life, you will find many things that will not make sense to you. You may turn to God and ask why. And that just might be the time when heaven will be absolutely silent. Job was someone who understands what that feels like.
God permitted Satan to sift Job. And Job never knew why. "And the LORD said unto Satan, 'Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD" (Job 1:12).
Just like that...Job lost it all — his fortune, his family, his fitness, and he even "lost face" with his friends. And he hadn't done anything wrong (read Job 2:3). One of the first things that you may say when trouble comes (i.e., a loved one is in a wreck, you get cancer, you lose your job) is, "What did I do wrong?" Maybe you did something wrong, but then again, maybe not. God is simply allowing you to be sifted as He did His son Job.
It was indeed a tragic time in Job's life (see Job 19:13-19). And how did Job respond? The lesson of Job teaches us that our first response is to worship God. After the first wave of loss, Job praised God (see Job 1:20-22). It takes faith to praise God in the midst of loss. We don't have to know why. We don't have to understand. We just simply say, "God I praise you." But Pastor, that sounds like I would be a hypocrite. I don't feel like praising God. Of course you don't. But I don't understand. Of course you don't. But we are to thank God in everything (see 1 Thessalonians 5:18). Just simply say, "God, I worship you. I praise you." Move beyond your feelings into faith.
You and I have 20-20 hindsight with the book of Job in our hands. We know about the dialogue between God and Satan. Job didn't know that. From what we read in God's Word, he never knew why he suffered. His suffering was an unexplained mystery ( Job 23:2-9).
Friend, life is not a problem to be solved; it is a mystery to be lived. That is what the book of Job teaches. We do not live by explanations, we live by promises. It takes more faith to trust Him when we don't understand then when we do.
Job didn't know why this happened but instead of walking away from God, he walked towards God in an attitude of trust (see Job 13:15 and 23:10-12).
Now, say these sentences out loud:
(1) I am here by God's appointment.
(2) I am in His keeping.
(3) I am under His training.
(4) This is all for His time.
God never gave Job a reason for his trials. Instead He gave Job a revelation about a relationship. When Job shut up, God showed up and taught him that He is sovereign and that He is sufficient (read Job 38:1-4). Job could only be still and listen as God declared Himself the great I AM.
God's sufficiency was the second thing Job learned. Not only can God do whatever He wants but all we want can be satisfied in God. In chapter 42, God permitted Job to speak and he was awe-struck by the glory of love of God (see Job 42:1-5).
I would venture to say that most every person reading this would say that they know God is necessary. But, I wonder how many of us know God is enough. You see, you may not know God is enough, until God is all you have.
How do you know you aren't getting your joy from your spouse, children, health, possessions, job or activities? Take away these things and you'll know — just like Job did. God reduced Job down to nothing and no one and he learned that God is sufficient.
C. H. Spurgeon said, "God is too good to be unkind. He is too wise to be confused. If I cannot trace His hand, I can always trust His heart." You can, too! You may never know why you are suffering. That's okay.
What's important is that you know Him. He is sovereign. He is sufficient. Praise Him! Trust Him! He knows what is best for you.
Epilog: Job’s health, wealth and family were returned to him when he prayed for his wicked friends. Job 42:9-10
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✝️ Ever since the Lord Jesus ascended back to Heaven [Acts 1:11] His faithful followers have been praying for and watching for His return. [Mark 13:30, 37] Many have speculated that a possible time would be the Feast of Trumpets aka Rosh Hashanah; this year it's Sept 18-20, 2020. Even so, come Lord Jesus. Revelation 22:20 □□
✝️ 6-27-20, The lawlessness we are now seeing on America's streets ... who are these young people? The kids raised under liberal theories forcing parents to withhold discipline from their children & taught liberal leftist dogma in the government schools & universities - now they are unruly selfish hateful barbarians. God said to train up children & they wouldn't depart from it [Proverbs 22:6] □□ ... true for evil □ as well as good □ behaviors. More here: https://bit.ly/3i55gQf
□ 8-25-20, NASA reports a small asteroid is headed to earth & will land on Nov 2, 2020 day before US presidential election. They say not to worry as it's only a seven footer. Some officials aren't so sure about not worrying after the 66 footer hit Russia in 2013. God said He'd send signs in the heavens and the earth. There are plenty of 'em too: eclipse of sun & moon, meteors, tornadoes, earthquakes, volcanoes smoke turning day to night & so much more. Joel 2:30, Revelation 13:13; Luke 21:11, 25; Acts 2:19 □□
✝️ 5-27-20, See Romans 13:11; James 5:8; 1 Peter 4:7; 1 Thessalonians 2:19; Titus 2:13; 1 Cor 15:51-52, Rev 11:15 Scripture tells us that "The coming of the Lord is at hand;" but thousands of years have passed without the Lord’s coming. We must remember that one thousand years are like one day to God (Psalm 90:4; 2 Peter 3:8). The rapture will happen without warning at any time and believers in the Lord Jesus must be ready at all time. Certain current events cause us to believe we are near the Lord’s trumpet call and that the rapture of the church is ‘at hand.
✝️ 7-11-20, The weight of the 'world's sin' ... the infinite blessings and resources of our salvation in Christ are described as providing the power of surpassing greatness, the grace of surpassing richness, the peace which surpasses all understanding. Thank YOU, Lord. John 1:29; Revelation 5:12; Philippians 4:7
✝️ 7-9-20, When the Lord Jesus was on the cross and the people scorned and scoffed; His great love for all ignorant uninformed sinners showed forth. He died for all sinners. Romans 5:8; Luke 23:34 However, after we are aware we're no longer ignorant of Who He was and 'what we do;' THEN we are all responsible if we reject Christ. John 3:17-18
6-29-20, Jesus said, 'Obey Me!' John 14:15; 1 John 2:3, 3:22 Of course we are forgiven when we sincerely pray for forgiveness turning our lives to the Lord Jesus. We must intend to sin no more ... if we do ... quickly repent as we didn't INTEND to. John 8:11 More here: https://www.gotquestions.org/go-and-sin-no-more.html
✝️ 6-12-20, The Lord □Jesus' mom, Mary's cousin Elizabeth's son John the Baptist was brutally killed because of a wicked hateful woman. Her foolish husband, King Herod - although he liked John; had him executed because of a promise - he musta been drunk - to make such a promise to his wife's daughter, Salome who's mom, Herodias wanted John dead. Matthew 14:3-11; Mark 6:14-29; Luke 9:7-9
✝️ 6-11-20, Regarding forgiveness: the Lord □ Jesus clearly taught that marriage was between a husband & wife. [Matthew 19:5; Mark 7:21] He loves all sinners both the heterosexual & homosexual. He promises forgiveness to everyone who repents coming to Him for salvation. He told the woman caught in adultery: "Go and sin no more.” Matthew 11:28
✝️ 6-9-20, The Lord □ Jesus explained to Nicodemus that he must be 'born again' [John 3.3, 7]. In Utah I've heard some LDS people scoff and ridicule believers in Christ who are 'born again.' Those who scorn are lost; Jesus clearly said to 'marvel not that you must be born again'; without Christ we are lost. John 3:17-18
✝️ 6-8-20, Jesus is God; He came to save sinners. “For He [Jesus] Whom God sent speaks the words of God: The Father loves the Son & has given all things into His hand. He that believs on the Son hath everlasting life & they that believes not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on them.” John 3:34-36
✝️ 6-7-20, The Lord □ Jesus spoke from the cross first of forgiveness, salvation then of His Mother's care into John's hands. He spoke of being forsaken & then triumph as His task as human was complete shedding His perfect blood for the forgiveness of sins to all who repent believing in Him. His body was thirsty. And last of His reunion with the Father. Matthew 27:46; Luke 23:34, 43, 46; John 19:26-28, 30; Mark 15:34
✝️ 6-3-20, Interesting the different duties of God's arch angels. Michael is a warrior who will defeat Satan and Gabriel was/is God's messenger appearing to: Prophet Daniel 8:15-17, 9:21-24 ... Zacharias, father of John the Baptist, Luke 1:11-18... Mary, Mother of Jesus, Luke 1:26-31... Joseph, Husband of Mary, Matthew 1:20-24, 2-13
✝️ 6-2-20, In appx 530 BC the Lord God of Israel chose the Persian [aka Iran] King Cyrus to protect and help the Jewish exiles in Babylon. Who would come back and rebuild Solomon's Temple in Jerusalem where now - since 688 AD - a Muslim mosque sits. Mark 13:14; Isaiah 45:4-6, 9, 12-13. World Without End. Ephesians 3:20-21
2 Thessalonians 2:10-12; Jeremiah 1:5; Galatians 6:7; 1 Thessalonians 5:4
✝️ 5-22-20, Interesting that the Lord □ Jesus said at the 'LAST SUPPER' He'd drink wine with the Apostles again in His Father's kingdom. Another confirmation & validation of scripture & teaching that we will be with Him in glory. Hallelujah! Matthew 26:26-30; Mark 14:22-26; Luke 22:14-23; 1 Corinthians 11:23-34
✝️ 5-7-20, Sins □ Jesus Harshly Condemns; He said, “God knows our hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God. V9 For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” [Pride] Luke 16:15, 18:9-14; Hebrews 1:8-9
✝️ 4-30-20, When the Lord □ Jesus Mother told her son that at the Cana wedding celebration there was no wine - I wonder if the Lord did little miracles around the house so Mary knew of His abilities expecting Him to quickly whip up some good wine. And He did! The Lord's first miracle on earth water into wine. John 2:1-11
✝️ 4-28-20, The Lord □ Jesus, in the book of Matthew, lists what’s called the “Beatitudes.” He lists the items in our lives in His 'Sermon on the Mount' that examine our values, vision & habits to wholehearted obedience to God. We seek His forgiveness & acceptance for eternal life with Him; this is the good news 'Gospel.' John 14:6; Matthew 5:1-48, 6:1-34, 7:1-28.
✝️ 4-14-20, Based on the behaviors of some church goers; apparently they think God is like an old lenient Grandpa winking at deliberate unrepentant sin. Even sins that are done repeatedly with no remorse. Because the Lord God loves us so much, He generously warns us ... He has a book where names of forgiven sinners are recorded. Almighty God demands us to honor and obey Him. Revelation 1:18, 3:5, 20:1; Malachi 3:16 □□
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