Sunday, May 12, 2013

Got Questions?

When Your Life Begins to Turn Upside Down 

Have you ever questioned God when you’ve been hit unexpectedly by heartache? Job was a righteous man who served God with all his heart. He was blessed with children, wealth, and status—but in one day he lost everything. Job asked questions without sinning against God.

Though he [God] slay me, yet will I hope in him” (Job 13:15).

Why did I not perish at birth? (Job 3:11)
When going through a trial, you may feel that your birth was a mistake. 
You may think that your hurtful experience would’ve been avoided if you were never born.  
Answer: "In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will" (Ephesians 1:11). 

You could’ve died at birth, but by the grace of God you survived. This is your life journey—all the good and all the bad—you can make it in Christ. In this trial He is working all things for your good even though it’s difficult to bear.  

What strength do I have that I should still hope? (Job 6:11)
Even the strongest of men and women in spirit, mind, and body 
have been brought down to their knees when tribulation visits.
Answer:  Look to the Lord and his strength; seek His face always” (Psalm 105:4).

One of the first lessons to learn in every trial is that you have no strength to deal with it on your own. Call on the Lord to replenish your spirit, mind, and body so you can move forward with your life.

Why have you [God] made me a target? (Job 7:20)
Do you ever feel like there is a bull’s eye on your forehead? 
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live a “normal” life?
Answer: My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness" 
(2 Corinthians 12:9).

God is using your pain to prove your faith. This leads to perseverance and makes you grow up in Christ. Every time you pray, serve, meditate, love, and forgive in spite of your trial, you become stronger in your faith.  

Who can say to him [God] “what are you doing?” (Job 9:12)
Tunnel vision can happen when you’re suffering. 
It’s difficult to step back and see what God is doing in and around you.
Answer: "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declared the Lord" (Isaiah 55:8-9).

Although you may feel like you’re alone and drifting, God is at the helm of your boat—leading and guiding along the way. He is your compass through your dark days and worthy of your trust.

Now What?

Job’s pain began with,
“I cry out to You, God, but You do not answer; I stand up, but you merely look at me.” (Job 30:20)

Job’s pain ended with,
“I know that You can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted”(Job 42:2).

What happened in between? 
God answered Job with His own questions.
Check out the next blog "Your Questions...God's Answer" into this awesome transformation.

The New International Version. 2011. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

1 comment:

  1. So are you going to start preaching now? I feel like this was a mini sermon, right when I needed it! Ok pastor Crystal! Thank you for this spiritual feeding, this is awesome. Keep up the good work! Renee P~