Sunday School Material 10-26-14: Things Too Wonderful For Me.

(Job 42:1-10; 10/26/14)

Introduction:A key idea in today’s Sunday School material is that after Job and his friends repented, God had many blessings for them. Prayerfully, we will be challenged to repent of our sins, so we can experience God’s blessings, instead of His anger.

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Read Job 42:1-6

I. Job Responds. In our Sunday School material Job talks about how God can do all things. He admits that he has spoken of things he did not understand. He has an attitude of repentance.

Applications -

- God’s ability. Notice in vss. 1-2 that God is able to do all things. It is good to know that there is nothing too hard for God. God is strong enough to keep His promises.

We don’t have to worry about the devil and wicked people being too strong for God. Let’s live like we believe that God is able to do all things. Such living should be known for confident obedience to His word.

- God’s ways are beyond our understanding. Notice in vs. 3 that God’s ways are beyond our understanding. The fact that something doesn’t make sense to us is not as significant as it may seem.

Humanity is still trying to cure the common cold, not to mention HIV/AIDS. Therefore, we should not be surprised that God’s ways can be beyond our understanding.

Let’s live as if we understand that God’s ways are beyond us. Such living should be known for confident obedience, in spite of unanswered questions.

- The repentance of Job. Notice in vs. 6 of our Sunday School material that Job repented of his wrong thinking. As we see with Job and later with his friends, the best thing to do when we learn that we have been wrong is to simply repent.

We should avoid allowing our pride to make a bad situation worse. Let’s work on repenting from sinful thinking and actions. There are too many who allow pride to keep them from turning to God in relationship to gender issues, following leadership, giving, and traditions.

Read Job 42:7-9

II. God Rebukes. The Lord expresses His anger towards Job’s friends in our Sunday School material. They did not speak the truth. The Lord called them to make a sacrifice before Job and seek his prayers. The friends obeyed the word of the Lord. 

Applications -

- Misrepresenting God. Notice in vs. 7 that God is angered by people misrepresenting Him. It is a misrepresentation of God to say that bad things only happen to people who deserve it. 

The truth is that even though this may often be the case, there are other times when bad things happen to people who do not necessarily deserve it. 

Some times bad things happen for mysterious reasons. God may get extra angry when His people are aggravated by misrepresentations, in their time of trouble. 

Notice how Job is God’s servant. Let’s work on being careful about what we say with authority about God, especially when we call ourselves comforting or chastising someone, in the name of the Lord.

- Treat people right when they are down. Notice in vs. 8 of our Sunday School material that we are reminded that we need to be careful how we treat people when they appear to be down. 

The same person who was being chastised (i.e., Job) is the one who has to pray for the critics, in order for them to be blessed. 

In like manner, no matter how wrong a person may appear to us, we should be careful about becoming disrespectful or somehow ungodly towards the person. 

Before all is said and done, we don’t know who we are going to need. Let’s work on treating people right, no matter what state they are in.

- The repentance of Job’s friends. Notice in vs. 9 that repentant obedience was the way back into fellowship with God. There are too many who simply want to start doing right from here. 

However, there are times when we have to acknowledge our wrongdoing, make some kind of recompense, and then go forward. 

Let’s make sure that we do what God is calling us to do, in order to move forward with our lives. Don’t waste valuable time refusing to obeying God. Obey His will, now. 

Read Job 42:10

III. God Restores. Job prayed for his friends. In our Sunday School material the Lord restored Job’s fortune. In fact, the Lord blessed him with twice as much. 

Applications -

- God’s restoration. Notice in vs. 10 that God is able to restore. First, just as God gave Job twice as many blessings as he started with, God is able to do the same and more for us. 

Second, there are times that God doesn’t restore in the way and surely not according to the schedule that we want Him to. These are times to trust Him. 

Third, it is interesting that Job’s blessings came after he prayed for friends who had sinned against him. This may suggest that God may have more for us, after we demonstrate our ability to forgive and reconcile. 

Let’s live like we trust God’s ability to restore. Such living includes expectant obedience. 

ConclusionLet’s work on repenting from our sins, so we can experience God’s blessings, instead of His anger. God has much for those who obey His will.

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