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Senior Pastor William Rice continued the sermon series, “What Now? What To Do When Your World Falls Apart?” at Calvary Baptist Church. The series looks at the Book of Job. Job was a man of God who lost his family, wealth and health in a day and asked God, why?
Sunday’s message was titled “Questions from God” to Job.
Here are the message notes and study guide:
1. “Then the Lord answered Job from the whirlwind: Who is this that questions my wisdom with such ignorant words? Brace yourself like a man, because I have some questions for you, and you must answer them.” –Job 38:1-3, NIV
My perspective on evil and suffering will change when I know two things:
1. God is Big and You Aren’t – God is bigger than you.
God asks Job —“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? –Job 38:4-5 NIV
God knows everything.
–His Unlimited Knowledge
–His Unlimited Greatness and Power
2. I am not God.
God to Job –“Surely you know, for you were already born! You have lived so many years! –Job 38:21
Job to God –“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.” — Job 42:3
There are limits to
–What I can conceive, understand, control and change
“We do not know everything. God is not saying we shouldn’t stand up to evil, injustice,” said Pastor Rice.
“When we admit God is greater and bigger than us, it is the beginning of wisdom,” Pastor Rice added.
In Job 42: 1-6 NKJV, Job admits God can do everything and that Job doesn’t know it all.
Verse 5 – “I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees You.”
Verse 6 – “Therefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.”
Pastor Rice reminds us to trust God and that God refines us during challenging times.
“God always has the last word,” said Pastor Rice