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Senior Pastor William Rice’s message on Sunday was “Better than an Answer” (Job 42:1-6) to wrap up study of the Book of Job. Job was a prosperous man, who believed in God and had it all. Job lost everything in a day –his wealth, property, good health and his family was killed.
“How do we wrestle with unfairness in life?” Pastor Rice asked. “God doesn’t owe us an explanation.” he added.
Here are notes and outline from today’s sermon:
“My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you.” –Job 42:5
“After Job had prayed for his friends, the LORD restored his fortunes and gave him twice as much as he had before
Two things are better than an answer. The assurance that God is at work …
1. In me
“But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold.”
“God is working in me and will bring me to a place closer to knowing God,” Pastor Rice said.
2. For me
“The LORD blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the former part.” –Job 42:12
In Job 23, Job is discouraged and complaining to God. While Job is suffering and miserable, his friends also give bad advice to Job.
In Job 38-41, God questions and challenges Job. God points out his sovereignty and that He is big and we aren’t. God doesn’t answer Job nor explain why, Pastor Rice said.
In Job 23:5-6, Job humbles himself and says he has heard God and sees God.
“God always writes the last chapter…God is always with us….. You can experience God’s grace during the dark times,” Pastor Rice said.
God uses trials and challenges to refine, purify us until He sees His own reflection in us to accomplish His purpose, Pastor Rice added.
After Job humbled himself before God, God restored Job’s losses twice as much as before.
Pastor Rice added the Gospel is not one of prosperity. It’s one of hope, trusting in God on things unseen. “God has our future in His hands,” Pastor Rice said.
Pastor Rice also explained the Three-Day stages of trials. Throughout the Bible, the first day is one of tragedy. The second day is of sorrow. On the third day, God returns, gives hope and restores as Jesus did when He rose on the third day.
“Wait upon the Lord… We trust, believe and serve a living, sovereign God, ” Pastor Rice said.
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