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“What to Do on the Worst Day of Your Life?” – Job 3:25-26
This past Sunday’s message by Senior Pastor William Rice of Calvary Baptist Church in Clearwater, Florida focuses on the Book of Job in the Bible in a new sermon series, “What Now?”
The following are sermon notes and key Bible verses.
“If God is so great, so powerful, so good, then why is there evil, suffering and tragedy in the world? Why does God allows these things to happen?” Pastor Rice asks.
Job was a good man, believed in God, had great wealth, a beautiful and wonderful family. In the a single day, Job lost it all after God granted Satan a measure of permission, Pastor Rice explained.
“What I feared has come upon me; what I dreaded has happened to me. I have no peace, no quietness, I have no rest, but only turmoil” – Job 3:25-26
Pastor Rice says there are three things Christians can do during tragedy, suffering, painful times.
1. Do not be dismayed (or surprised as if God has abandoned you) –Not true!
“Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.” –1 Peter 4:12
2. Do not be deceived.
“At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship and said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away, may the name of the LORD be praised.”- Job 1:20-21
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. – Job 2:10
Rice says it is a theological lie that if we believe in God, He will always bless you. You will never experience anything bad in life. Not true!
Job’s relationship with God was not based on wealth, his family, etc. but on joy with God, even during the worst day of his life.
3. Do not despair. Do not lose hope.
“Hi wife said to him, “Are you still maintaining your integrity? Curse God and die!” — Job 2:9
“We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed, perplexed, but not in despair, persecuted, but not abandoned, struck down, but not destroyed.” –2 Corinthians 4:8-9
Trust in God alone during criticism, tough times.
Next Sunday, the message is titled “Friends in Low Places” as we continue studying the Book of Job.