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                Our Wednesday Evening Message for March 6, 2024

                           

                                           "Praying For Repentance"

                                                    Text: Job 42: 1-6

​​ In our Wednesday night Bible study, we are walking you through the various prayers found in the Old and New Testament. There are 100 of them  found in your Bible.

In this study, we examine the life of Job, and his prayer of repentance. Now, we read in scripture that Job never sinned in the trials God allowed to occur in his life, nor did he charge God foolishly (Job 1:22). So when you open your Bible to this Old Testament book called Job, it seems as if the story about Job deals with human suffering. However, when you get to our text, the true subject appears. It is the subject of God's sovereignty.  The psalmist tells us what the sovereignty of God is all about when he says, "But our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he pleased." (Psalm 115:3)

In a few hours, Job lost everything that was important to him, except his wife. He lost his children, his servants, his property, and even his health. All the things that Job had worked for all his life was stripped away from him in the manner of a few hours. Although he did not lose his wife, his wife was not much in supporting and encouraging him. She asked Job this question, "Dost thou still retain thine integrity?" (Job 2:9)  In other words, Job, are you going to hold on to your faith? Curse God and die! Job's response was, "Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh." (Job 2:10)  In other words, Job accused his wife of being like the unsaved or women who are spiritually ignorant and are oblivious to God's will.

Although Job never sinned and held on to his faith, he did question God for all the suffering he had to endure. He could not understand God's silence, and the reason for all his suffering. In Job's mind, suffering is the result of some sin in his life. In Job's complaint to God, he thought God was not fair.  Listen to Job's words, "I am righteous: and God hath taken away my judgment." (Job 34:5)  In other words, Job said, "I have not done anything wrong, and God has taken my rights away to defend myself before Him."

When we come to our text, Job is beaten. There was no way he could argue his case before God. In Job chapters 38-41, God speaks to Job out of a whirlwind. God asked Job this question, "Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth?" (Job 38:4)  In response, Job's attitude changes as he repents of the many things he accused God of that he did not know what he was talking about. He confesses, "Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes." (Job 42:6)

Prayer of repentance always opens to the door of joy! This Old Testament book ends with Job no longer a sinner, but a servant who wants to serve his God with joy in his heart.

 

 

                                                        Pastor Michael R. Martin

 

 

 

 

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        Rev. Michael R. Martin

                           Pastor

       Contact: (336) 613-6878

     mike-martin@triad.rr.com

 

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