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Job: Wisdom for Life's Losses (1 of 5)
Series: Wisdom for Wise Living
I. JOB RELATED TO THE PERSON OF GOD
II. JOB RECOGNIZED THE PURPOSES OF GOD
III. JOB RESPONDED WITH THE PRAISE OF GOD
I want you to turn to Job chapter 1. Most of us know the story of Job. He lost everything he had. He had everything and then he lost everything and this is a verse when Job is faced with this terrible trial of having lost everything. This is his response as he tries to evaluate what has happened to him and possibly why it has happened to him. In Job chapter 1 verse 20, as he receives the final word that he has lost not only his possessions; not only his camels, oxen, sheep, crops, barns, but now he has also lost his sons and daughters and their families. His children and grandchildren have died.
Job 1:20-22 "And Job arose, tore his robe, and shaved his head; and he fell to the ground and worshiped. And he said: 'Naked I came into this world and naked I will leave this world"
I am reminded of the little girl and her father who one night were looking up at the stars. It was a very clear night and the father said to the little girl, "Honey, why don't you try to count the stars?"
And she had just learned to count and she began to count the stars and she got up to 125 and finally she said, "Daddy, I can't count all the stars, there are just too many of them." And he said, "Honey, that is right. The stars are just like God's blessings, there are too many of them to count."
That is the way God's blessings are. There are just too many of them to count. If God stopped blessing us today, He has already blessed us with so many blessings that there are too many to count and if God never blessed us with another blessing, He has already blessed us with enough blessings for a lifetime, if He never blessed us again.
In essence, this is what Job is doing in this text. Job is looking back; Job is looking with ...
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