I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing."

Every Man, Woman and Child

IS GOD ALL THAT YOU HAVE?



Job 1:12 
"And the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your hand. Only against him do not stretch out your hand.” So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord."

Job is one of the most ancient books of the entire Bible alluding to pyramids, the cities of the plains and the flood. The location of Uz may have been between the northeastern section of the Sea of Galilee, running toward the Euphrates River. Job was a man blameless and upright who feared God. He was a wealthy man, he was the greatest man among all the people of the East.

The verse that get's us moving is verse 8 where the LORD is speaking to Satan, "Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil."

Satan cannot deprive a man even of a donkey, sheep, or a pig, but by special permission from God. His power and malice are even bound, and under control. Satan has no power against man till God gives it. The LORD allowed Satan to test Job's faith by attacking "All that he had."

I must make this clear: Every skeptic, agnostic, atheist, non believer I have ever talked to has always landed on this topic. Most cases they are ignorant to hear anything else, I plead you have an ear to hear. So many people stop at the result and are passive to ponder on the motive or reason why. In their ignorance they reject God's goodness and eternal blessing that buds from the seed of  temporary pain, loss and suffering.

And for those who use Job as an example to further their false doctrine of an evil god you must use all of Job's life... chapter 42:10 "After Job had prayed for his friends, the LORD restored his fortunes and gave him twice as much as he had before." Did you catch that in verse 10? If not I will reemphasize it in verse 12, "The LORD blessed the latter part of Job's life more than the former part..."

How can a good God allow pain and suffering? 

  • It may be the only way to get your attention eternally.
  • It may be the only way to bring you into a deeper dependance on God.
C.S. Lewis makes this observation...
"We were promised sufferings. They were part of the program. We were even told, 'Blessed are they that mourn."

What is the "All that you have" that God is allowing uncertainty to get your attention? God needs every idol removed, to bring us into every thing we need, Jesus. Idolatry is making something provided into priority, above the Provider.

What is on the throne of your heart where Jesus belongs?
  • Materialism
  • Career
  • Children and family
  • Finances
  • Sophistication based on experience over truth and evidence? 
Acts 9:16 
"for I will show him how much he must suffer for My name’s sake"

3 natural responses towards attacks:
  1. Panic: Uncontrolled anxiety tied in with fear.
  2. Pester: Allow one's mind to dwell on difficulty or troubles.
  3. Protect: Guard or shield one's well being.   

The moment you truly realize that everything happens by the permission of GOD, and your in the family of God by turning from sin and embracing Christ by faith, your worries begin to fade away. 

Romans 8:28
"And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose"

Job's, 3 supernatural responses towards his attacks:
  1. Thankfulness: For God's provision.
  2. Acceptance: With God's elimination.
  3. Adoration: Towards God. He blessed the name of Jehovah.
Job 1:21
And he said, “Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked shall I return. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.”

APPLICATION:
1 Peter 5:6 
"So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, 
and at the right time he will lift you up in honor.
 
  • God doesn't help those who help themselves. He helps those who turn to Him. Hence the need of a Savior!
  • One of the evidences of lack of submission and humility is impatience with God in His work of humbling us.
1 Peter 5:10
"And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast."

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QUESTIONS:
How do you respond to attacks towards the "all that you have?"

Are you willing to allow God to be "all that you have?"
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PRAYER:
Father God who gives and takes away. Forgive me for panicking and pestering over circumstances. I look back now and see the fruit that produced from the pressure You allowed. Thank You for today's study and great reminder that You are in control. Many of our pains and worries today, is the answer to last weeks prayer. Today give us what we need, to allow You to become all that we need, in Jesus name, AMEN.