Why Do These Things Happen to God’s People?

Week 3: God Challenges Job


Today Derek goes back to his remarks about prosperity to give a clear definition of what that word means. He applies that definition by looking how it is used in Scripture. Then begins to examine God’s response to the what Job had to say. God challenged Job's ability to handle creation—the heavens, living creatures, and the wicked.


Leviathan and God

Derek here looks at the creature that is called Leviathan, the king over all the children of pride. Yet God is over him; his Creator. Derek then speaks of God, who cares for even the smallest of creatures like the sparrow, and how He cares for us. Job sees God for who He is and humbly confesses his own ignorance.


Truth Is a Person

Derek today looks at the end of Job’s story. When Job received that revelation of who God was, it helped to clear up a lot of questions. We see the wisdom of God in handling Job and his friends’ relationships by humbling them all. Derek emphasizes God’s ability to amply provide for us no matter what suffering or periods of perseverance we may go through.


Endurance and Lessons

In today’s study Derek looks at cultivating endurance. It is a character trait found among the steps in the Christian life. Derek then points to some lessons he has learned in Job—the first being that we can never understand all of God’s dealings. Next, God never surrenders His sovereignty to religious rules, but deals with us individually.


God’s Pursuit of You

Derek continues in his lessons he has learned from the book of Job, pointing out that God’s priorities are different from ours. God is pleased with His faithful servants and as we seek Him revelation will come to us. We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works. He is for you, not against you, and has great things for you as you walk in faith with Him.