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Bible Story Reference:
Job 38 (The Lord Speaks), 40:1-14 (Job’s Reply), 42:1-17 (Job’s Restoration)
Job 23:12 NIV
“I have not departed from the commands of his lips; I have
treasured the words of his mouth more than my daily bread.”
Job cried out to the Lord for many days, questioning why he was facing so many hardships. Now it is the Lord’s turn to question Job. IN AWE OF GOD We stand in awe of God. His greatness no one can fathom.
WHAT YOU WILL DO:
Ask for a volunteer. Hand him or her the jacks (or tops) and explain that the challenge is to get all of the jacks spinning at the same time, until you say, “Stop.” As jacks quit spinning, the volunteer should pick the jacks up and get them spinning again. If he or she can somehow get all ten jacks spinning at once, give the volunteer more jacks until it is impossible to keep them all spinning at the same time.
WHAT YOU WILL SAY:
This was a fun demonstration on how hard it is for us to keep up with numerous tasks at once. Keeping ten or more jacks spinning was no easy task. Just think if you had to keep the jacks spinning for several hours, or worse several days! Now imagine that you had to keep the jacks spinning, clean your room, feed the dog and do your homework, all at the same time! It is amazing to think about all the things God keeps going at the same time, let’s list them on the board. (Here are just a few examples 🙂
The list of things God keeps going is endless, even if we tried, we could never understand all the things God does. God is awesome; His capabilities are vast and never ending. His abilities are mind-boggling.
Read Job 38 (The Lord Speaks)Discussion
1. In verse 3, why did God tell Job to brace himself? (The Lord was about to question him.)
2. What type of questions did the Lord ask? (God asked Job questions about the mysteries of creation, the heavens, and nature.)
3. What is God trying to teach Job through these questions? (God questioned Job to show that He was in control of the universe, not Job.)
Read 40:1-14 (Job’s Reply)Discussion
1. In verse 2, how did Job contend with the Lord? (Job questioned why God allowed him to suffer.)
2. Was Job able to answer God’s questions in verses 3-5? (No, Job realized that he was unworthy to reply.)
3. What was God’s reply? (God reminded Job that He alone is able to govern the universe.)
Read 42:1-17 (Job’s Restoration) Discussion
1. How did Job reply to the Lord in verses 1-6? (Job repented, stating that he spoke of things which were too wonderful for him to know, acknowledging that God can do all things and that His plans cannot be thwarted.)
2. Why was God angry with Job’s friends in verse 7? (They had notspoken truthfully about the Lord.)
3. According to verses 12-13, what did the Lord do for Job in the latter part of his life? (The Lord blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the first.)
Almighty Father, I praise you for You are Wonderful, Amazing, Loving and Faithful. Thank you for holding everything together well. Help me to always look to you in everything. In Jesus Mighty Name, Amen!
In our lesson today, Job didn’t discover why he went through so many difficulties, but he did realize that God is in control. We learned that God’s ways are higher than our ways and that His understanding has no limits. Like Job, we do not know all the reasons for the difficulties we face in this life. However, we can take comfort in knowing that God is in control, He loves us, and He works all things together for the good of those who love Him.