Sunday School Material 10-19-14: I Will Call on God





(Job 24:1, 9-12, 19-25; 10/19/14)

Introduction:A key idea in today’s Sunday School material is that Job resolves to trust God, even though God seems to be moving a little slow. Prayerfully, we will be challenged to trust God, especially when He seems to be moving a little slow.

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Body:

Read Job 24:1, 9-12

I. Injustice Thrives. A picture of God not responding to injustice is painted. In our Sunday School material we see fatherless children are taken away. The poor are mistreated. Workers are oppressed.

Applications -

- God’s slowfulness. Notice in vss. 1, 12 that there are times when God seems to appear to be moving rather slow. When you have prayed your best prayer and trouble keeps on coming, it is not strange to ask, “where is God”?

However, these are the times to trust Him, even when you don’t understand Him. Let’s work on developing enough faith to hold us up, even when it seems that God is running late.

Prayerfully studying and obeying God’s word with the support of disciples will help you live out this application.

- Family men. Notice in vs. 9 the mention of fatherless children being snatched from their mother’s breasts. There are too many children today who don’t have the protection, provision, or priesthood of a father.

The church can help in this area by making sure that relationships are used to help men learn how to be godly fathers and uncle figures and then actually live accordingly. Let’s work on developing men to be family.  

- Living wages. Notice in vss. 10-11 in our Sunday School material the idea that people are working hard but don’t have enough to take care of their essentials. There are too many people today who work hard but don’t receive a living wage.  

Especially in one of the richest nations in the world, after a person has worked 40 hours a week, they should have enough money to provide for at least their food, clothing, shelter, health care, and transportation. 

Let’s work on advocating for living wages. There are nonprofit organizations like the Urban League, National Action Network, and NAACP that can be consulted for details. 

Read Job 24:19-25

II. Justice Prevails. God is pictured as One who does see that justice is performed. The wicked are pictured as doing well for a little while, but then they fade. The writer in our Sunday School material feels strongly about his convictions. 

Applications -

- God’s dealing with the wicked. Notice in vss. 19-20 that death, which is a reference to judgment, will catch up with the wicked. 

First, it is good to know that even if we don’t see it, we can trust God to make sure that the wicked receive what is coming to them. This ought to give us some comfort. 

Second, we should make sure that we are not considered wicked in God’s eyes. 

This calls for making sure that we have accepted Jesus as our savior by faith and then striving to live lives that are focused on loving God and others as we love ourselves. Let’s work on being righteous and trusting God to handle the wicked. 

- A life worth remembering. Notice in vs. 20 of our Sunday School material the mention of how when the wicked die, no one remembers them. It is a tragic waste of life to live to 30 or more years and then no one has anything significant to say about you, when you die. 

We should live the way we want to be remembered, because people will remember how we lived. And more importantly, God will remember and hold us accountable. 

Let’s live lives worth remembering. The focus on our lives should be to love God and others, as we love ourselves. 

- God’s timing. Notice in vss. 22 and 24 that God is able and willing to take down those wicked people who seem to be unstoppable. They may be allowed to sit high for a little while, but then they are brought low like all of the rest. 

Sometimes “a little while” can seem like a long time to us. Let’s work on developing the faith needed to trust God with the wicked. 

Conclusion: Let’s work on trusting God, especially when He seems to be moving a little slow. God has much for those who obey His will.

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