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Respond With Faith   Job 1:1-3, 8-11, 20-22, 2:7, 9-10    June 04, 2006

Introduction

            Many people say about a patient person, “He/She has the patience of Job.” How many think of Job as an example of a person who responded with faith? I dare say not many, but the lesson properly parades him as one we might look to as an example when we desire to Respond With Faith.

          

1.       Job Responding With Faith Is Blessed In His . . Wealth. Job 1:1-3

 

            A.        Blessed In The Wealth of . . Piety. 1:1

                        1 There was a man in the country of Uz named Job. He was a man of perfect integrity, who

            feared God and turned away from evil.

 

            B.        Blessed In The Wealth of . . Progenies. 1:2

                        2 He had seven sons and three daughters.

 

            C.        Blessed In The Wealth of . . Possessions. 1:3

                        3 His estate included 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 yoke of oxen, 500 female donkeys, and a

            very large number of servants. Job was the greatest man among all the people of the east.


            Job received many blessings from the Lord. He received wealth in his piety, progenies, and possessions. We see the piety of Job described in the text as God calls Job; “a man of perfect integrity.”

He maintained a reverential awe of God, and that is a great form of wealth. Look at the wealth he possesses in his progenies. My what a gift children can be, and the Bible calls them a blessing. Also, Job was wealthy in material possessions.


 

2.       Job Responding With Faith Is Blessed In His . . Work. Job 1:8-11

 

            A.        Job’s Work Blessed Through . . Integrity. 1:8     

                        8 Then the LORD said to Satan, "Have you considered My servant Job? No one else on earth is

            like him, a man of perfect integrity, who fears God and turns away from evil."

 

            B.        Job’s Work Blessed Through . . Investments. 1:9-1

9 Satan answered the LORD, "Does Job fear God for nothing? 10 Haven't You placed a hedge

            around him, his household, and everything he owns? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his

            possessions are spread out in the land.

 

            C.        Job’s Work Blessed Through . . Intimidation. 1:11        

11 But stretch out Your hand and strike everything he owns, and he will surely curse You to Your face."


            Job’s response in faith produced the blessing of the Lord in his work. His work relationships demonstrated integrity and the Lord calls attention to it. Verse eight is a thought provoking verse as God

asked Satan to consider His servant Job. Do you think God ever picks us out as examples to show Satan? Job obviously obtained blessings through his investments. His material wealth increased, and his faith guided him.

Satan tried to intimidate Job, but to no affect. A side issue comes forth as we see Satan does not know everything, but our Lord knew Job would Respond With Faith.


 

3.       Job Responding With Faith Is Blessed In His . . Worship. Job 1:20-22

 

                        A.        Job’s Worship Blessed Through . . Submission. 1:20-21

                                    20 Then Job stood up, tore his robe and shaved his head. He fell to the ground and

                        worshiped, 21 saying: Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked I will leave this life.

                        The LORD gives, and the LORD takes away. Praise the name of the LORD.

 

                        B.        Job’s Worship Blessed Through . . Steadfastness. 1:22

                                    22 Throughout all this Job did not sin or blame God for anything.

 

            Job responds in faith because he regularly worshiped in a meaningful way, and his relationship with God grew. He submitted to the Lord as he worshiped. He did not try to tell God what He should do but in humility fell to the ground in respect and reverence to the will of the Lord. Job exhibited an amazing steadfastness in all his experiences with the Lord. Too many Christians lack a steadfast discipline in their Christian life. Several years ago I pastored in a town where a pastor in another denomination told prospective members if they attended once a month they could considered themselves as regular church members. Today, I am ashamed to say, it appears too many in the Baptist Church think that way. What about your life substantiates Christian steadfastness?


 

4.       Job Responding With Faith Is Blessed In His . . Wisdom. Job 2:7,9-10

 

            A.        Job’s Wisdom Blessed Through . . Endurance. 1:20-21 

                        7 So Satan left the LORD's presence and infected Job with incurable boils from the sole of his

            foot to the top of his head. 9 His wife said to him, "Do you still retain your integrity? Curse God and

            die!"

 

            B.        Job’s Wisdom Blessed Through . . Expressions. 1:20-21

                        10 "You speak as a foolish woman speaks," he told her. "Should we accept only good from God

            and not adversity?" Throughout all this Job did not sin in what he said.


How did Job get the wisdom he showed? Do you remember the Book of Proverbs says “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” (Pro.9:10) That kind of fear means reverence, or awe, and Job displayed an awesome relationship with the Lord. His wisdom revealed an endurance that should inspire all Christians. The text tells us he, “did not sin in what he said.” If you can control your tongue it certainly will express that you Respond With Faith. Amen? Amen!
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