Tell The Story This Sunday!
If you face up to your difficulties and hardships with resolve and hope, you will not only gain something valuable but will also, and more significantly, see your awesome God at work in your life and in real time. Now that’s a story worth telling! Let me explain . . .
In the Scriptures there is this wonderfully ancient book called Job, and many Old Testament scholars figure that it’s the oldest book in the Bible. Since I am familiar with a number of venerable sagas ranging from Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey to Gilgamesh’s Epic, I can plainly understand that Job, a lengthy poem of just over 1000 verses and primarily filled with speeches (something the ancients loved to give as we readily do today), is categorically within the scope of very old stories. But even if it weren't the oldest and fell somewhere behind Genesis, Exodus and the rest of the Torah, it would still continue to shed light on the timeworn tale of difficulties and hardships that all mortals must face. Perhaps we should expect nothing less from the divinely inspired book.
Job is beset with unimaginable difficulties and hardships. He loses all of his wealth, fame, power, and respect. Worst still, his health goes south and all of his kids die. When we were younger, we would often wonder aloud what we would do if we won a million dollars. The book of Job wonders aloud a different sort of question: what would you do if you lost everything? To compound matters, Job is certain that he has done nothing wrong against God or man to warrant an everest amount of pain and suffering. Job is ideal and noble, and pursues his varied secular and religious responsibilities with vigor. God describes Job this way: “he is the finest man in all the earth. He is blameless—a man of complete integrity. He fears God and stays away from evil” (Job 1:8). It’s no wonder Job spends most of his time arguing that he is undeserving of his recent difficulties and hardships.
In the end, Job gains many valuable insights (read the book to find out more), and experiences our awesome God at work in his life. And because of his difficulties and hardships, Job’s story is worth telling. We sometimes are under the false impression that our lives need to be perfect and good in order to tell the story of our great Savior. As it’s been said in the past, only a great sinner needs a great savior. Jesus is of course our great Savior. Job didn’t know Jesus but he knew he needed someone like Jesus. In Job’s third speech he admits that “God is not a mortal like me, so I cannot argue with him or take him to trial. If only there were a mediator between us, someone who could bring us together. The mediator could make God stop beating me, and I would no longer live in terror of his punishment. Then I could speak to him without fear, but I cannot do that in my own strength” (Job 9:32-35).
In Job’s difficulties and hardships, he realizes his need for a savior. And just like Job, you face difficulties and hardships too. But unlike Job, you can turn to Jesus, your living Redeemer who loves you and died for you. With Jesus leading the way, you can face your difficulties and hardships with resolve and hope, for you will not only gain something valuable but will also, and more significantly, see your awesome God at work in your life and in real time.
We’ll see you this Sunday, 10:30am as we open up the pulpit for testimony. When you tell us about God at work in your life, you encourage and build up the church. When you share from your heart, you point others to the heart of Jesus. And when you relate the grace and power of the Holy Spirit, you tell THE story. Now that’s a story worth telling!
Tell the Story,