April 25, 2021
DURING OUR STORMS WE MUST KEEP FOCUSED
God Is Not Finished With Us Yet!
An old dog fell into a dry well. The farmer heard the dog yelping and went to look. He sympathized with his loyal dog, but decided that neither the dog nor the well were worth the trouble to save them. So, he hauled a large wagon of dirt to the well and, shovel by shovel, began to fill in the well.
The dog saw what the farmer was doing and got hysterical! After a few shovels of dirt came down and landed on the dog, he shook really hard and he noticed that the dirt fell on the floor of the well. So, every time the farmer threw a shovel full of dirt down, the dog would shake it off his back and the floor got higher. The more dirt that came down, the higher the floor got.
After about an hour of this, the dog stepped out of the well and licked his master's face, happy to be safe and secure again. What seemed like total defeat actually turned out to benefit the dog; all because of the way he handled it.
The way the dog handled the storm, that is the way we have to handle trying situations. We have to remember; “During our storms we must keep focused; God is not finished with us yet! Even though you slay me, yet will I trust in you. I shall come forth as gold!
The wisdom Job expressed in verse ten deserves a closer look. First, note that verse 10 is directly linked to what Job had just said in the previous verses, namely, that God was silent or could not be found. Because of his close walk
with the LORD, Job did not leave this point in the negative; he did not end on a note of despair. In spite of God's presence of silence, Job acknowledged That God still knew the way or path he took in life. God knew Job was innocent, yet suffering, and He knew every pain Job felt. To Job, God may seem hidden, but Job was never hidden from God. God saw everything.
This evening we will look at Job and in doing so observe the attitude that he had towards his storms. Perhaps some of you can identify with some of the things that he says.
In this lesson Job is saying, "During Our Storms We Must Keep Focused", and God Is Not Finished With Us Yet!"
THERE IS COURAGE IN WHAT JOB SAID
"he knoweth the way that I take"
A. Job believed that God was around even though he could not see Him v. 9.
B. He believes that God was aware of him even though he could not touch
him v. 9.
Job knew that God was not finished with him yet.
THERE IS CONSIDERATION IN WHAT JOB SAID
"when he hath tried me"
A. His trials would not cause him to waver v. 11
1. Job followed the steps of God.
2. Job did not backslide.
B. His trials would help him to worship God to the utmost. Why?
1. Job obeyed God's commandments v. 12
2. Job treasured God's Word more than his daily bread.
Job knew during our storms we must keep focused!
THERE IS CONFIDENCE IN WHAT JOB SAID
"shall come forth as gold"
A. He knew that he would be made better v. 14
1. Job knew that God was working out His will through his
2. Job knew that God was working out His plan through his suffering.
B. He certainly would not be made bitter v. 16.
1. "God maketh my heart soft."
2. He felt faint before God's awesome power.
Conclusion: Sometimes God allows trials to come to us to teach us...Sometimes they come to tender us and trials also come to toughen us. Yet, when God allows it to be so, it is for the purpose of us to come forth as pure gold.
During Our storms we must keep focused on JESUS!
GOD IS NOT FINISHED WITH US YET!