HOW THE FOOLISH SPEAK
9 Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse God, and die. 10 But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips.
I. It is foolish to use or come up with any excuse for not being faithful.
1. Job’s wife said “Dost thou still retain thine integrity?”
2. She thought that Job had good reasons (an excuse) to rebel against God.
a. Cattle stolen and servants killed / Sheep burned up and servants killed / Camels stolen and servants killed / 7 sons and 3 daughters killed!
b. His health was bad to the point where he thought he was going to die!
3. Job proved he did not serve God for gain or wealth.
Question: Why are we serving God?
a. Have we had a tragedy that compares to his?
b. Do our tribulations and problems compare to his?
c. Are we being as faithful as him?
What Did Job Do?
20 Then Job arose, and rent (tore) his mantle (robe), and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped, 21And said, (he thought he was going to die) Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.
Can We Be Like Job?
Job 1:22 - In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.
Charged – To accuse: to make an onset against or attack upon.
II. IT IS FOOLISH TO THINK THAT GOD HAS NO FURTHER USE FOR US.
1. Foolish Thoughts / Feelings of:
“I just want to end it all / Nothing I do matters / Nobody cares about my troubles / What’s the use / I am alone and all by myself / Life stinks / Everyone is out to get me / Nobody knows how I’m feeling / No one understands / I hate my life / Does God really care / … etc.”
2. Despair and Depression are tools that Satan can use… Anything that he can do to keep you from glorifying God, he will use!
3. God wants to use you for His Glory!
a. Tribulations Will Come. Tribulation: A state or time of great affliction.
***Had the Egyptians been kind to the Israelites… they would have not wanted to leave Egypt and allowed God to take them into the Promised Land.
b. We Must Expect Tribulations to Come.
Acts 14:22 Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.
c. We Must Glory in Tribulation.
Romans 5:3-5 3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; 4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope: 5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
d. We Must Be Patient in Tribulations.
Romans 12:12 Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;
e. We Can Overcome Tribulations.
Romans 8:35-39 - 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
F. God’s Advice… We Must Try To Be Joyful During Tribulations
2 Corinthians 7:4 Great is my boldness of speech toward you, great is my glorying of you: I am filled with comfort, I am exceeding joyful in all our tribulation.
III. IT IS FOOLISH TO FORGET THE GOODNESS OF GOD WHEN TROUBLE COMES.
Job’s wise reply to his wife -
Job 2:10 But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? (Evil allowed by God which comes from satan) In all this did not Job sin with his lips.
1. Job’s wife was married to a Great Man of God
Job 1:1 There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect (Sincerely tried to be good) and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed (Avoided) evil.
2. She was suffering also with loss.
3. She reacted as a Depressed and Bitter woman.
Job 2:9 Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse God, and die.
(She actually said and behaved the way that satan said Job would do)
***Saying and Displaying this attitude is NOT good!
4. She took her eyes off the goodness of God.
GOODNESS OF GOD… Described as: Abundant / Great / Enduring / Satisfying / Universal / Material blessings / Spiritual blessings / Forgiveness of our sins / ... etc.
5. No Pain and Trouble Can Compare To God’s Goodness
a. His Love… Providing Salvation
b. His Daily Provision and Protection
c. His Promises for our Future
Spurgeon said, “The devil will tempt us with foolish questions, he will try to drive us to foolish conclusions, and he will urge us to foolish actions".
REMEMBER WHO YOU ARE
1. Job knew he had a Living Redeemer
Job 19:25-27 - 25 For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: 26 And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God: 27 Whom I shall see for myself…
*HE KNEW HIS FUTURE WAS BRIGHT! … In Spite of his Suffering.
***WE CAN REST OUR FUTURE IN THE HANDS OF JESUS CHRIST, ACCEPT HIM TODAY!