Sermon

GOD IS IN CONTROL (JOB 42 :1-17: 2 COR. 2:1:17)

Introduction.

The Bible lessons for today are written to the Church and the members in particular for example and learning (2 Tim. 3:16-17). That when we meet severe challenges in life, we should through absolute trust in God have hope (Rom.15:4-7). This morning, I will be talking on the subject God is in control.

1st Lesson (Job 42: 1-17).

Three things in the story of Job have troubled me very much. But we find all the three complaints thoroughly redressed and everything brought under control at the end.

  • A holy man as Job was so anxious/worried and wicked /unforgiving to himself.

When trouble came:

  • Job quarreled with God and spoke indecently to him (Job 1:1; Job 23: 13-17).
  • Job justified  (had high opinions) himself (Job 31:37-40);
  • Job judged  and condemned himself (Job 40: 1-5).

God is in control.

Job recovers his temper, comes to himself and to his right mind again by repentance. He is sorry for what he has said wrong, unsays it, and humbles himself before God (v.1-6, Luke 15:17-19).

  • Job and his friends, all very wise and good men were so much at disagreement.
  • Not only  differing  in their  opinions.
  • But giving  one another a great  many  hard words (Job 16:1-2)
  • Passing  severe condemnations one upon  another (Job 32:1-3)

God is in control.

All the aspersions they had cast upon one another forgiven and forgotten, and all joining in sacrifices and prayers, mutually accepted of God (vv.7-9)

  • A man  of such  eminent piety and usefulness as Job  was  so  grievously afflicted, so  pained, so sick, so poor, so reproached, so slighted.

God is in control.

All these challenges are redressed too.

  • God forgives Job  and his  three friends (Job 42:9);
  • Job is healed of all his ailments, more honoured and beloved than ever, enriched with an estate double to what he had before; and great prosperity (vv.10-17).

What did you think happened? (Repentance, Forgiveness and Unity).

CCC Hymn 773: Let us unite , let us unite.

2nd Lesson 2 Cor. 2: 1-17

The Church at Corinth had recently been struggling with divisions and quarrels. But by the time Paul wrote them, many had repented of their sinful ways and had come back into unity with one another.

The message to the Church today is clear:

  • Living in unity requires us to humbly forgive one another (2 Chro. 7:14).
  • It reminds us that even as Christians, we hurt each   other and need to forgive those who wrong us, including   those who had fallen away and repented    (2 Cor. 2:5-8).
  • We should forgive for the sake of Christ, so that Satan does not get the advantage (2 Cor. 2:10-11).

Note that the challenges of the church and its members are not ordinary. Paul advises us not to be ignorant of the devil’s devices:

Therefore, we must:

  • Submit ourselves to God ;
  • Resist the devil;
  • Hate and dread sin (Jas.4:7-10);
  • Put on the whole armour of God (Eph. 6:10-14).

This is the conclusion of the matter:

“Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof “ (Eccl. 7:8). God will never forsake the righteous, though he falls, he is not utterly cast down (Psa. 37:24; 34:19; 30:5; Is.60:15).

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