“If God were small enough to be understood, he would not be big enough to be worshipped.” - Evelyn Hill
Fear of the LORD is the foundation (beginning) of true knowledge. NLT
Our image, idea, and thoughts of God are too small
The author wants us to focus on the questions raised by Job’s suffering and God’s response
He was blameless—a man of complete integrity. He feared God and stayed away from evil. NLT
Satan: Accuser, Prosecutor
Serve God because He blesses you: (Job 1:9-11)
Take everything Job loves and values (Job 1:12)
Why am I suffering?
The mystery of Job’s suffering remained (So many questions and so few answers)
God asks Job more than 60 questions
God asks questions to give Job perspective
The Book of Job teaches: GOD’S POWER IS SOVEREIGN
God might choose to display his glory on the platform and stage of our suffering
The Book of Job teaches: GOD’S PERSPECTIVE IS INFINITE
Who is this that questions my wisdom with such ignorance? NLT
Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! ESV
Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know.
The Book of Job teaches: GOD’S PURPOSES WILL PREVAIL
God uses suffering to bring us back to Him (Jonah)
God uses suffering to save (Joseph)
God uses suffering to strengthen our love of Him (Job)
The Book of Job teaches: GOD’S PRESENCE IS PRESENT
I know that my redeemer lives and that in the end he will stand on the earth.
In your pain and suffering, you can have His presence
I had only heard about you before, but now I have seen you with my own eyes. 6 I take back everything I said, and I sit in dust and ashes to show my repentance. NLT
When we see the beauty of Christ, we focus less on “the why” and focus more on “the Who”
In your presence is the fullness of joy, and at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.