Sunday, July 10, 2011
Scripture for July 17th: Job 28:20-28
Sermon Title: Three Hard Truths About Wisdom
”Where then does wisdom come from? Where does understanding dwell? It is hidden from the eyes of every living thing, concealed even from the birds in the sky. Destruction and Death say, “Only a rumor of it has reached our ears.” God understands the way to it and he alone knows where it dwells, for he views the ends of the earth and sees everything under the heavens. When he established the force of the wind and measured out the waters, when he made a decree for the rain and a path for the thunderstorm, then he looked at wisdom and appraised it; he confirmed it and tested it. And he said to the human race, “The fear of the Lord—that is wisdom, and to shun evil is understanding.”
Through suffering we find that our knowledge of God's plans and purpose is limited. Although we have a general understanding of how God operates and what He expects of us through His Word, there are many specifics that God has left unanswered. Some of those questions (such as why some people are healed and others are not) are left unanswered and require that we have faith in God's plan that has not been fully revealed to us. This is one of the greatest challenges that we face when we suffer: to trust God with the unknown even as our circumstances may cry out for answers. This coming Sunday we will explore how to deal with these unanswered questions through faith, obedience and a relationship with Him. I hope to see you then!