12 The Lord blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the former part.
29 For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but
also to suffer for him, 30 since you are going through the same struggle you saw I
had, and now hear that I still have.
1. JOB’S IDENTITY
In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job.
11 As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of
Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is
full of compassion and mercy.
In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was
blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil. 2 He had seven sons and
three daughters, 3 and he owned seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels,
five hundred yoke of oxen and five hundred donkeys, and had a large number of
servants. He was the greatest man among all the people of the East.
2. JOB’S ADVERSARY
9 “Does Job fear God for nothing?” Satan replied. 10 “Have you not put a
hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the
work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the
land. 11 But now stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will
surely curse you to your face.”
1 Peter 5:8 says,
8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring
lion looking for someone to devour.
3. JOB’S AGONY
20 At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the
ground in worship 21 and said: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I
will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of
the Lord be praised.” 22 In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with
10 He replied, “You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God,
and not trouble?” In all this, Job did not sin in what he said
25 I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth.
26 And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; 27 I myself
will see him with my own eyes—I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!
8 “But if I go to the east, he is not there; if I go to the west, I do not find him.
9 When he is at work in the north, I do not see him; when he turns to the south, I
catch no glimpse of him. 0 But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested
me, I will come forth as gold.
12 I have not departed from the commands of his lips; I have treasured the words
of his mouth more than my daily bread.
4. JOB’S RECOVERY
4.1 Rediscovering God’s Greatness
4 “Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand.
5 Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! Who stretched a measuring
line across it? 6 On what were its footings set, or who laid its cornerstone— 7 while
the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy?
4.2 Realizing God’s Perspective
4.3 Receiving God’s Provision
10 After Job had prayed for his friends, the Lord restored his fortunes and gave
him twice as much as he had before.
12 The Lord blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the former part. He
had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, a thousand yoke of oxen and a
thousand donkeys. 13 And he also had seven sons and three daughters.
Never doubt in the dark, what God has spoken to you in the light