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					Job 2:11-21:34
Job – Part 4:
 “Confusion”
    Michael Card…

“What comes into our
minds when we think
about God is the most
important thing about
us.” - Chuck Swindoll,
Chancellor, Dallas
Theological Seminary
Twilight
A. W. Tozer
• “drew near to the thick
  darkness where God was.”
  (Ex. 20:21)
• “darkness his covering, his
  canopy around Him.” (Ps.
  18:11)
• “clouds and thick darkness
  surround” (Ps. 97:2)
• “We have seen His glory.”
  (Jn. 1:14).
• “Thick darkness covers my
  face.” - Job 27:14
• “the churning inside me
 never stops” Job 30:27
     Christian Spirituality is
  sometimes confusing when…
• No one listens or cares
  21:1-6
     Christian Spirituality is
  sometimes confusing when…
• No one listens or cares
  21:1-6
 "Listen carefully to my
 words; let this be the
 consolation you give me.
 (21:2)
     Christian Spirituality is
  sometimes confusing when…
• No one listens or cares
  21:1-6
 "Is my complaint directed
 to man? Why should I not
 be impatient? (21:4)
     Christian Spirituality is
  sometimes confusing when…
• No one listens or cares
  21:1-6
 Look at me and be
 astonished; clap your hand
 over your mouth. (21:5)
     Christian Spirituality is
  sometimes confusing when…
• No one listens or cares
  21:1-6
 When I think about this, I
 am terrified; trembling
 seizes my body. (21:6)
    Christian Spirituality is
 sometimes confusing when…
• People who defy God live in
  continued peace and
  prosperity 21:7-16
    Christian Spirituality is
 sometimes confusing when…
• People who defy God live in
  continued peace and
  prosperity 21:7-16
 Why do the wicked live on,
 growing old and increasing
 in power?
    Christian Spirituality is
 sometimes confusing when…
• People who defy God live in
  continued peace and
  prosperity 21:7-16
 They see their children
 established around them,
 their offspring before their
 eyes.
    Christian Spirituality is
 sometimes confusing when…
• People who defy God live in
  continued peace and
  prosperity 21:7-16
 Their homes are safe and
 free from fear; the rod of
 God is not upon them.
    Christian Spirituality is
 sometimes confusing when…
• People who defy God live in
  continued peace and
  prosperity 21:7-16
 Their bulls never fail to
 breed; their cows calve and
 do not miscarry.
    Christian Spirituality is
 sometimes confusing when…
• People who defy God live in
  continued peace and
  prosperity 21:7-16
 They send forth their
 children as a flock; their
 little ones dance about.
    Christian Spirituality is
 sometimes confusing when…
• People who defy God live in
  continued peace and
  prosperity 21:7-16
 They sing to the music of
 tambourine and harp; they
 make merry to the sound of
 the flute.
    Christian Spirituality is
 sometimes confusing when…
• People who defy God live in
  continued peace and
  prosperity 21:7-16
 They spend their years in
 prosperity and go down to
 the grave in peace.
    Christian Spirituality is
 sometimes confusing when…
• People who defy God live in
  continued peace and
  prosperity 21:7-16
 Yet they say to God, 'Leave
 us alone! We have no
 desire to know your ways.
    Christian Spirituality is
 sometimes confusing when…
• People who defy God live in
  continued peace and
  prosperity 21:7-16
 Who is the Almighty, that
 we should serve him? What
 would we gain by praying
 to him?' (21: 7-15)
    Christian Spirituality is
 sometimes confusing when…
• People who defy God live in
  continued peace and
  prosperity 21:7-16
 But their prosperity is not
 in their own hands, so I
 stand aloof from the
 counsel of the wicked.
                      (v. 16)
    Christian Spirituality is
 sometimes confusing when…
• Injustice seems to go
  unnoticed by God 21:17-26
    Christian Spirituality is
 sometimes confusing when…
• Injustice seems to go
  unnoticed by God 21:17-26
 "Yet how often is the lamp
 of the wicked snuffed out?
 How often does calamity
 come upon them, the fate
 God allots in his anger?
    Christian Spirituality is
 sometimes confusing when…
• Injustice seems to go
  unnoticed by God 21:17-26
 How often are they like
 straw before the wind, like
 chaff swept away by a
 gale?
    Christian Spirituality is
 sometimes confusing when…
• Injustice seems to go
  unnoticed by God 21:17-26
 It is said, 'God stores up a
 man's punishment for his
 sons. 'Let him repay the
 man himself, so that he will
 know it!
    Christian Spirituality is
 sometimes confusing when…
• Injustice seems to go
  unnoticed by God 21:17-26
 Let his own eyes see his
 destruction; let him drink
 of the wrath of the
 Almighty.
    Christian Spirituality is
 sometimes confusing when…
• Injustice seems to go
  unnoticed by God 21:17-26
 For what does he care
 about the family he leaves
 behind when his allotted
 months come to an end?
 (21:17-21)
    Christian Spirituality is
 sometimes confusing when…
• Injustice seems to go
  unnoticed by God 21:17-26
 Can anyone teach
 knowledge to God, since he
 judges even the highest?
    Christian Spirituality is
 sometimes confusing when…
• Injustice seems to go
  unnoticed by God 21:17-26
 One man dies in full vigor,
 completely secure and at
 ease, his body well
 nourished, his bones rich
 with marrow.
    Christian Spirituality is
 sometimes confusing when…
• Injustice seems to go
  unnoticed by God 21:17-26
 Another man dies in
 bitterness of soul, never
 having enjoyed anything
 good.
    Christian Spirituality is
 sometimes confusing when…
• Injustice seems to go
  unnoticed by God 21:17-26
 Side by side they lie in the
 dust, and worms cover
 them both. (21:22-26)
    Christian Spirituality is
 sometimes confusing when…
• The counsel we receive is
  limited 21:27-34
 Have you never questioned
 those who travel? Have you
 paid no regard to their
 accounts- (21:29)
    we need godly wisdom.
• Prologue - (chs.1-2)
• Dialogue – disputes (chs.3-
  27)
• Interlude on Wisdom
  (ch.28)
• Monologues (chs.29:1-
  42:6)
• Epilogue (42:7-17)
   we need godly wisdom.

• You can’t mine wisdom,
  can’t get it by human
  efforts (vv. 1-12).
 “But where can wisdom be
 found? Where does
 understanding dwell?”
 (28:12)
    we need godly wisdom.

• You can’t buy wisdom (vv.
  12-19).
 “It cannot be bought with
 the finest gold, nor can it
 price be weighed in silver.”
 (28:15)
    we need godly wisdom.
• You can only get it from
  God because only He knows
  where it is (vv. 20-28)
  “God understands the way
  to it and he alone knows
  where it dwells, for he
  views the ends of the earth
  and sees everything under
  the heavens.” (28:23)
    we need godly wisdom.

• And the way you get it from
  God is by fearing Him—and
  obeying Him.
 “The fear of the Lord – that
 is wisdom and to shun evil
 is understanding.” (28:28)
      Bottom Line:

A Jesus-centered response
to suffering will not reduce
God to a formula.
God is not a formula!

				
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