Trusting God despite our Misfortunes
4 So Joseph said to his brothers, “Come near to me, please.” And they came near. And he said, “I am your brother, Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt. 5 And now do not be distressed or angry with yourselves because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life. 6 For the famine has been in the land these two years, and there are yet five years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvest. 7 And God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant on earth, and to keep alive for you many survivors. 8 So it was not you who sent me here, but God. He has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house and ruler over all the land of Egypt" (Gen. 45:4-8, ESV)
Truth #1: Jesus draws sinners near!
4 So Joseph said to his brothers, “Come near to me, please.” And they came near. And he said, “I am your brother, Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt.
"Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need" (Hebrews 4:16, ESV)
Truth #2: There is hope in Christ!
5 And now do not be distressed or angry with yourselves because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life. 6 For the famine has been in the land these two years, and there are yet five years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvest."
"For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him." (John 3:17, ESV)
"And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose." (Romans 8:28, ESV)
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Week 3 - Trusting God Despite our Misfortunes
As a group, split up into three groups. One group read Job 1:1-5, another Job. 1:6-12, and another Job 13-19. Each group will summarize the questions below for the entire group.
The context of the misfortune.
1. Group #1, summarize what is happening in Job 1:1-5.
2. Group #2, summarize what is happening in Job 1:6-12.
3. Group #3, summarize what is happening in Job 1:13-19.
4. Group #1, summarize Job 2:1-7.
5. Group #2, summarize Job 2:7-10
6. Group #3, summarize Job 2:11-13
In chapter 3, Job curses his birth in mourning. In the remaining chapters of Job, he and his friends debate the source of this misfortune. They insist that He must have unconfessed sin that has brought this level of misfortune. Some friends say that his children had it coming. Zophar says, that Job actually deserves much worse than he has suffered because of this ‘mystery sin’ that he has committed.
In chapter 12, Job affirms that God is sovereign and that these misfortunes have come from God, but he debates the source and insists that he is blameless and has no cherished sin. In chapter 13 and 14, Job says that he will still hope in God.
While there is much more to read and understand in Job will jump to chapter 42. As one group, read and discuss Job 42:1-6.
7. What does Job say in v2.
8. Discuss v3. What is Job pointing out?
9. What a great message in v4-6. Discuss what Job is admitting here in these verses.
WOW! I am so impressed with Job and how he responded to all that he went through. All of his loss, his wife turning on their God, his friends blaming him for his circumstances--yet Job never cursed God--he never wavered in his faith. Despite the way that most of us would praise him handling of the situation, he still repents. He wants to make it clear that he trust God and repents for any doubt that may have been present in his mourning! Job and the accounts of his story in scripture are the barometer for the way we push through our misfortunes with faith, hope and trust!