Job's Faith On Trial by Steve Wagers

Job's Faith on Trial
Steve Wagers
Job 23:1-10

INTRO:
Of all the hobbies that I have, there is one that I most enjoy: READING! However, as far as reading is concerned, there are three things that I enjoy reading the most:

OLD CHRISTIAN BOOKS
(i.e. Spurgeon, Edwards, Morgan, Moody, Tozer, Havner, Owen, Rippen, Gill, etc.)
WORLD HISTORY
LEGAL MATTERS (i.e. famous legal cases, and legal terminology)

It appears as if, in chp. 23, we see Job on trial. More specifically, it appears as if, we see Job's faith on trial. Where he is now in the courtroom of God, and his faith is on the witness stand being questioned and being tried.

CHP. 1: JOB STRIPPED OF EVERYTHING
(i.e. children, livestock)
CHP. 2: JOB STRIPED OF HIS HEALTH
(sore boils cover his body)
Now in chp. 23, Job pleads his case before God, and we see:

I. THE CONFUSION THAT BEWILDERED HIM (V. 3)
Job is now in a state of confusion, he doesn't know what to do, and in this state he couldn't find:

A. GOD'S PURPOSE (v. 4,5)
LIT: "If he would just let me come to him and plead my case, then I might know the purpose of all this suffering."

1. However, he hasn't yet come near to him, and he doesn't yet know his purpose.
2. Job has so far listened to his so-called "friends"
3. They have explained it wrongfully to him.
4. Now he begins to question w/in himself: "What's the purpose?"
5. He has been exposed to discouragement, instead of encouragement.

B. GOD'S POWER (v. 6)
1. Job soon answers this very question, but he still does?
LIT: "Is he going to persecute, or pardon me with his power?"
"Is he going to destroy, or deliver me with his power?"
2. Job knew deep down that God's power would prevail, but he's in the greatest trial of his---HE QUESTIONS!!

C. GOD'S PRESENCE (v. 3a,8,9)
1. This is the worst part of the trial--not finding HIS PRESENCE
2. If he could just find his presence, then there would be some comfort in that.
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