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Submit To The Sovereign Lord Job 38:1-4; 42:1-12a July 16, 2006

(HCSB)

Introduction

If we believe in the Lord our submission to Him should be a common practice, If He is Lord He is

sovereign! So why do most of us too often try to handle matters as if we are Lord? One big mistake should cure us but too often we give matters to Him and then take them back, or try to help Him. We need to study scriptures that will help us Submit To The Sovereign Lord.

 

1.   Submit To The Sovereign Lord! . . Recognize His Words. 38: 1-4

 

       A.   Acknowledge His Words! Do not . . Contradict. 38:1-2

1 Then the Lord answered Job from the whirlwind. He said: 2 Who is this who obscures [My] counsel with ignorant words?

 

       B.   Acknowledge His Words! Do not Act . . Cowardly. 38:3-4 

3 Get ready to answer Me like a man; when I question you, you will inform Me. 4 Where were you when I established the earth? Tell [Me] , if you have understanding.


       Do we ever try to council God? He calls these words of ours” “without knowledge” KJV or “ignorant words” HCSB. We do that when we contradict Him. God does not like to be contradicted, and He does not like cowardly replies so He says “answer me like a man.” I like to see a man stand up and be accountable. God also asked the humbling question “Where were you when I established the earth?” We have no answer to those words.


 

2.   Submit To The Sovereign Lord! . . Repent Of Our Ways. 42: 1-4

 

      A.   Repenting Of Ways Of . . Arrogance. 1-3 

1 Then Job replied to the Lord: 2 I know that You can do anything and no plan of Yours can be

       thwarted. 3 [You asked,] “Who is this who conceals [My] counsel with ignorance?” Surely I spoke about

       things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know.

 

      B.   Repenting Of Ways Through . . Agreement 4-6

             4 [You said,] “Listen now, and I will speak. When I question you, you will inform Me.” 5 I had heard

       rumors about You, but now my eyes have seen You. 6 Therefore I take back [my words] and repent in dust

       and ashes.


       If we ever act arrogantly toward God we must repent. It is difficult for me to imagine a person outwardly being arrogant toward the Lord. If the Lord ever tells me of such an action I certainly want to repent quickly. Job agrees with God that He spoke ignorantly, but now understand through a greater revelation. Job’s increased knowledge causes him to repent. Everyone of us needs to act similarly as we receive new revelations concerning the sovereignty of the Lord.



 

3.   Submit To The Sovereign Lord . . Rely On God’s Works. 38: 7-10

 

       A.   Rely On God’s Works With His . . Friends. 38:7-8

              7 After the Lord had finished speaking to Job, He said to Eliphaz the Temanite: “I am angry with you

       and your two friends, for you have not spoken the truth about Me, as My servant Job has. 8 Now take

       seven bulls and seven rams, go to My servant Job, and offer a burnt offering for yourselves. Then My

       servant Job will pray for you. I will surely accept his [prayer] and not deal with you as your folly deserves.

       For you have not spoken the truth about Me, as My servant Job has.”

 

       B.   Rely On God’s Works With His . . Forgiveness. 38:9-10

9 Then Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite went and did as the Lord

       had told them, and the Lord accepted Job’s [prayer] . 10 After Job had prayed for his friends, the Lord

       restored his prosperity and doubled his [previous] possessions.


       Do you expect God to make Job’s pals come to him obtain in order for God to forgive them? Have you ever been restored to friendship with an old pal. If we rely on the Lord to restore friendships they will be stronger. Recently I read some books specifically dealing with Intercessory prayer. It seems some Christians receive a special ministry in this area of praying. Do you think Job’s pals would have received forgiveness if Job refused to pray for them? The question is mute because Job’s relationship with the Lord was right; so he wanted to pray for them, but the point is some times God demands a prayer be offered before He does His work.


 

4.   Submit To The Sovereign Lord! . . Receive His Rewards. 38: 11-12a

 

       A.   The Rewards of . . Family and Friends. 38:11

11 All his brothers, sisters, and former acquaintances came to his house and dined with him in his

       house. They offered him sympathy and comfort concerning all the adversity the Lord had brought on him.

       Each one gave him a qesitah, and a gold earring.

 

       B.   The Rewards of The . . Father. 38:12a

12 So the Lord blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the earlier.


       What pleasure we receive when we receive the Lords rewards. In the past few days both of my daughters have been home, and expressed appreciation for their parents. The rewards through hugs verbal expressions and kindnesses all cause me to say Lord, thanks for the rewards. Job’s rewards came through family, friends, and the Father’s provisions. Job tells us in words, and deeds Submit To The Sovereign Lord. Amen? Amen!