1 Peter 1:6-8 Eureka! The Finding of Your Faith – 1 Peter #22

1 Peter 1:6-8 Eureka! The Finding of Your Faith – 1 Peter #22


So, 1 Peter 1 verses 6 and 7, I’m going to read them from the King James, “Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: that the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.” Please if you have pen, pencil or mentally, just circle one word. It’s actually three in English; in the Greek, it’s one: “might be found,” is actually one Greek word. “Might be found in,” in the King James which in, I’ll write it phonetically from the Greek into the English, would look like this, Eureth-, Eurethe, which is actually where we get our word for “Eureka,” Eureka. f that word doesn’t do something for you, it was a word made popular way before the California Gold Rush by a Greek philosopher. But it was made popular and obviously in the Gold Rush time, when people panned for gold here in ’48, and then the ’49ers came in; no, not the team, the miners, panning for gold. And contrary to what some people who don’t know like myself slightly ignorant of the process of mining for gold, it was small, tiny, little fragments that would, people would call out and say, “Eureka!” Translating, “I found it,” gold. So, when I have you circle “might be found,” it’s speaking of your faith. And our faith is; I coined the word, “dedrossified.” We’re full of dross as we go through the fires of life. And that may not be very appealing to some people. I know, as a young Christian, starting out a few years back, the idea of having to go through things, I could even entertain trying to say Jesus’ words a little bit differently out of the Luke, when Jesus said, “Father,” and I used to say, “if it be possible.” Well, He says that somewhere else but in Luke’s Gospel, He actually says, “If You’ll remove this cup; if You’ll remove it, nevertheless”” the cup, speaking of His death, “nevertheless, not my will but thine.” And I’m starting to realize that God, God really loves me a lot, and He loves you a lot, because we are an afflicted people. We have so many things that come on us. I know this is not a popular message. If I wanted to make it real popular, I’d say, “It’s all good.” And the flipside is, as a paradox, it is all good, if you understand what the suffering and the sorrow and the trials and the temptations are for. So, keep this in mind, keep the idea of “Eureka, I found it,” that is your faith, my faith that it be tried, keep that in mind. And I’m going to take you to the Book of Job. Wow. All right. Now, for some, you may say, “Well, Pastor, tell me, because I’m kind of new here, what exactly is faith?” And believe me, I think that when we can really begin to understand faith, Hebrews 11 is not a definition per se, it’s not defining, but it at least puts you to the right path. You must come to the place as a Christian to sufficiently stand on God’s Word that God gave this Word, the same Word that when He spoke in the beginning and out of nothing came everything. That same Speaker of the Word spoke promises that according to Corinthians are ours to claim in Christ, and I place my entire being, like a coat being hung on a rack somewhere, I place my entire being on that Word, until it comes to pass. Whatever I have latched onto, like that coat hanger, my earthen clothes are that which I’m hanging on to God’s Word and appropriating that which circumstance denies. Things look bleak, but yet faith says, “That’s not what God said. That’s not what God promised me.” And until that promise becomes a reality, I keep reaching and I keep hanging on. So, forgive me for the very short introduction, but I want, I want Job to speak to us today. I want this to be not just a sermon or another passage we read together. I’m really praying that Job; you’ll see Job in a new light; you will take this and understand there’s something much more important than what the natural eyes sees in your circumstance. Job, chapter 1, we get a glimpse of the character of this man. And you know, I think sometimes we kind of distance ourselves from these people in the Bible, because it says of Job, “A man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; a man that was perfect,” literally, he was pious, “upright, one that feared God and eschewed evil.” We get a glimpse of his character, and that tends to warp the immediate idea of how we read the rest of the story. For starters Job’s name, from a correct translation of his name would be, “Persecuted,” or “Penitent.” Nice name. That’s his name. Names are important in the Bible, so just remember that. And supposedly, if we just had nowhere else to go except verse 1, “perfect, pious, upright, feared God, eschewed evil,” but his name still translates “Persecuted,” or “Penitent.” Right there is a walking contradiction. So, now we see Job’s blessings, his prosperity, “born unto him seven sons and three daughters.” And if you’ve read this a million times make this the first, not the million and oneth. Make it the first time, fresh eyes, “His substance also seven thousand sheep, and three thousand camels, and five hundred yoke of oxen, five hundred she asses, a great household; so that this man was the greatest of all men in the east.” So, we have a picture of Job’s character, of his prosperity; he had great substance, children; basically had everything here. And now we get a glimpse into the man’s dedication, his upward look to God. It says, “His sons went and feasted in their houses, everyone his day; sent and called for their three sisters to eat and drink with them.” So everybody’s going to have a feast, party, whatever you want to call it, “And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone about, that Job sent and sanctified them, rose early in the morning, and offered burnt offerings according to number them all: for Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts. And Job did this continually.” Now, just take a; it’s a snapshot of someone who appears to be so reverent to God, so faithful and so dedicated. So remember the next time when somebody says how suffering occurs. Here is a good man, a godly man, and he’s about to have the ride of his life. Okay then. “Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them. The LORD said unto Satan, Whence cometh thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and walking up and down in it.” I’d taken the Septuagint, which is that second and third century before Christ translation from Hebrew into the Greek, to find a few neat things. It says that, when Satan is; they don’t actually translate him as Satan here. They call him the devil. And he says here that he “came in from compassing the earth, and walking up and down in the world,” it kind of adds a little additional flavor that he wasn’t just going on a morning jog and showed up for church in the heavens. Now, I want you to think about this. Scholars have debated the authorship of this. And I don’t want to. Surprise. And the reason why I don’t want to is because, rather than trying to figure out how old this book is; there are clues, by the way; and rather than try to figure out who, I want you to catch one real important thing. Whoever this writer is, he got a glimpse into heaven that we don’t have, because he’s seeing something happening in heaven that we don’t. So, “the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is it is none like him in the earth, a perfect and upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?” Do you know what that’s like saying? That’s like, let’s just say you have a store and you find a thief in front of your store, and you’re asking, “Have you considered coming in and breaking in and stealing any of my goods?” That’s how much God esteemed Job and Job’s reverence for God. And this is kind of interesting. It gets more interesting as we go. “Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, “Doth Job fear God for nought?” Kind of a typical; you know, if you really read about Satan, it’s kind of typical. “Did God really say,” to Eve; always getting us to doubt and to question. And here he has the audacity to question God. Think about that. And we think that there’s no possible risk that we may be afflicted or tempted by him, but he had the audacity to God, “Doth Job fear God for nought? Hast thou not made a hedge about him, and about his house, and all that he has on every side? Hast thou blessed the work of his hands, his substance is increased in the land. But put forth thine hand now, touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face”” Listen, Satan and saying to God, “God, You put forth Your hand; You afflict him.” But instead, this is what is so amazing, “The LORD said unto Satan, Behold all that he hath is in thy power,” literally, “in thy hands,” not “in thy power,” “in thy hands; only upon himself put, don’t touch him, only upon the man; don’t touch him, his life. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD. And there was a day when his sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine with their eldest brother; in their eldest brother’s house.” And here it comes, and I want to take note of how these massive amounts of destruction are going to occur. “There came a messenger unto Job, saying, The oxen were plowing, the asses feeding beside them: and the Sabeans fell upon them, took them away; they have slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I’m the only one that escaped to tell you. While he was yet speaking,” you saw me do this the other night, “there came also another, and said, The fire of God is fallen from heaven.” He didn’t say, “The fire of Satan,” “The fire of God,” another messenger, the second one. So we have by man’s hand, the Sabeans, the first one; the fire of God, it could have been lightening, it could have been any number of things, but it’s attributed to God as the messenger delivers the message; all the sheep, all the servants; he, “I’m the only one to survive to tell you about this. While he was yet speaking&.” I would have just said & “Don’t talk.” “While he was yet speaking, there came also another, The Chaldeans made out three bands,” and now everything else, all the rest of the possessions are gone. So we have a group of men; what would be considered an act of God, fire of God fallen from heaven; another group of men; and then, “While he was yet speaking, there also came another one, saying, Thy sons and thy my daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother’s house,” that’s the admonition for the fundamentalist’s to not gather in the oldest person’s house and drink wine, “And, behold there came a great wind from the wilderness,” perhaps such as a tornado or something, a great wind and the house collapsed; everybody’s dead. In one day everything is gone. All right. We have another instance, “Job arose, rent his mantle, shaved his head fell down on the ground, prostrated himself, and he said, Naked I came out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away.” You notice he didn’t say, “The LORD gave, and Satan has taken away.” He said, “The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away.” And this is a hard message, is very hard, but Job will elaborate on this. And then he does something that I’ve been trying to tell you and I to do when I began 1 Peter and verse 3, “Blessed, blessed be the name of the LORD.” How many weeks have I been saying out of Psalm 34, “I will bless the LORD,” I will, no matter what; I will speak good words Godward, no matter what. Job has just in one fell swoop, his wealth, his prosperity, the possibility of future family; it’s all gone. You and I, let’s be honest here, you and I would have been sitting and probably not blessing God. You and I would have probably first; I’m doing it politely now; I’m staying with a polite one. You can do that colloquial for you, just do it in your mind or something. “What on earth is going on?” That was the polite version. “Blessed be the name of the LORD.” Do you remember that Greek word, eulogeetos. He eulogeetosing, speaking good words; barak, in the Hebrew, speaking good words Godward, still praising Him; even in the midst of this calamity. “In all this, Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly. And again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came among them also among them to present himself before the LORD.” He’s always seemingly on the scene. And again the question is asked. Here we go again, “The LORD said unto Satan, Where are ye; where’re you coming from? Satan answered the LORD, and said, Came from going to and fro in the earth, walking up and down it.” And I’m sure he wasn’t doing shopping. He’s a thief. He just takes. “The LORD said unto Satan, hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth.” It seems strange like a repetition, “perfect, upright, one that fears God, eschews evil, and still he holdeth fast his integrity, although thou,” God is speaking, “thou movest me against him, to destroy him without cause. Satan answered the LORD, and said, Skin for skin, yea all that a man hath, all that a man hath will he give for his life. But put forth thine hand now, touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse thee to thy face.” Hmm, taking away his family and his money and houses wasn’t enough? “Touch his skin.” Here comes sickness and disease. That’s why I said to you it’s a difficult message, but if we can see through it, it will cease to be paper and it will become an engrafted Word for us in the middle of our crisis, whatever they may be. And if you’re not in a crisis now, I’ve said don’t worry, eventually you’ll be in one, yeah, and you’ll need it. It’s like something you keep in your back pocket for a rainy day. Pun intended. “So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his of his foot unto his crown.” So bad, later on it says these boils were; this is kind of gross, I know, but it’s in here; that they got infected. They were pussey and disgusting and eventually dirt got in them and worms━yuck━kind of feeding on the sores. A pretty bad state to be, you know if you’ve ever had an itch where you’ve just winter dry skin and you can’t get any relief and you keep scratching and scratching. And then, you know, you can put some cream and it goes away, but poor man, he had these boils. I don’t even want to think about it. He takes, he finds a piece of broken pottery, and he’s scraping his skin. And just the sight of the imagination of that is just so horrid, covered from head to toe, mind you. And his wife said unto him; now his wife appears, she’s not dead yet. “His wife said unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity?” Nice wife, “curse God, and die.” Let me tell you; don’t be too harsh with this woman. She has just seen the loss of her children, she has just seen all of her goods, her earthly goods are gone. Don’t be too harsh with her. Some of us probably wouldn’t have even lasted that long. Now, again, what on earth is going on here? If you want the answer, you will not find it on earth. It is the most important heavenly transaction. Make this a mirror for yourself. What you see on earth and what happens to you here may not ultimately be the very thing you think in its idea. There was a heavenly transaction going on here. Satan said to God, “Your servant that You prize, that You say is so good and so upright; I’ll show You. We’ll take away his things, we’ll take away his health, we’ll break him down to where he is so depressed he will curse You; he will turn against You.” Now, I like God, He kind of went: whoo, “Okay, go ahead, make My day.” See, I think somebody else said it before the Hollywood people got that. And so, I want you to think about this. Right here, Job could have opened his mouth and said; right here; I want you to think of a heavenly picture. I believe there were 10,000 or whatever the number is you want to say of heavenly host, of angelic beings. And you know that picture in Revelation 8:1, where it speaks of silence in the heavens for the space about 30 minutes? I believe all heaven was hushed, a pin drop; not even an angel dancing on a pin top, but just you could’ve heard a pin drop. The silence must have been━here’s a great contradiction of words━deafening, as all this heavenly host stood by looking down at Job waiting to hear what would come out of his mouth. Not, “What on earth is going on with Job?” or “What on earth is going on,” fill; put your name in the blanks: heavenly transaction. This is why said the writer let us into the heavens to see there was some greater transaction of some magnificent, huge value for us to take to ourselves that every action down here, every window of faith, there is a heavenly counterbalance to that; an opportunity where the heavenly angels are looking in at you and at I; and in this case focusing in on Job. And silence. I’ve, I’ve a picture in my mind that there was silence in the heavens. I think Satan must have been standing thinking, “I’ve got it! I’ve got it!” And I believe as soon as Job opens his mouth and says these words; I believe that there was an eruption in heavenlies so loud. I envision it. I read this and I think of the heavenly host breaking out into an absolute “Holy, holy, holy! Worthy is the Lamb! Holy!” He says to her, “You speak as one of foolish women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God and not receive evil?” In this, “in all this Job did not sin with his lips.” I believe at the moment that he made this declaration. Now, you might say, “Well, what about the rest of the book?” Well, if you come back next week I might tell you little bit about that. But the greater lesson I want to harness here is that when we reflect back on the passage that I read in opening, 1 Peter 1:6 and 1:7, we don’t recognize the Eureka status, our faith. Here is the moment in the heavenlies that, if they weren’t crying out “Holy, holy, holy! Worthy is the Lamb,” they were crying out, “Eureka! I found it in my servant, Job.” And one of the most profound things; you know, we can read through and really take the Scripture and if we digest it and kind of let it get in under our skin, we recognize something. These passages are given for us not to say, “What on earth,” but the heavenly perspective. Whoever recorded this and whoever the person is, tells us something fantastic. That immediately after Job’s proclamation of “shall we not receive good and evil,” and later on, “the LORD giveth, the LORD taketh away,” and all of these it are looking Godward, I believe Satan fled. We speak about resisting the devil and, “resist him and he’ll flee from you,” but there’s one thing Satan hates more than we can possibly even fathom: praising God and still exercising faith, while the whole universe that you see around you is collapsing. Satan hates that. It makes him flee. If fact, stay where you are, in the passage you’re at. I want to read a Scripture to you to kind of just put a capstone on this, from the same book, 1 Peter and 4━don’t turn there, because I’m going to go elsewhere━and verses 12 and 13, “Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you.” That’s, that’s what’s wrong with most of us. We get conditioned to thinking that stuff is happening and therefore it’s not normal. This passage from 1 Peter 4 and 12 and 13 says, “Uh, weren’t you expecting this? Hello.” Not only that, but this very same book in chapter 5 says, “Be sober, and be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: whom resist, resist steadfast in the faith,” the most difficult concept to tell people as they going through. You know, I’ve great sympathy for Job. His friends come from afar. Oh boy, brace yourselves, because I’m going to go at this for a minute here. I have to indulge just to give you some comfort so when you leave here you’ll say, “I’m normal!” I’m speaking of you; I may not be, but I think you are. Three friends come from afar. Eliphaz; these are all; I love the names: Eliphaz, and Bildad, and Zophar, three friends that seemingly if you begin to read the story, they came from afar, they saw him. You know, grief has a way of taking its toll on you to where sometimes people see you and they say, “I didn’t even recognize the person.” We’ve all seen and been there and done that by some means. And these three friends seem to be really right on. They come and they spend seven days and seven nights, quietly, just spending time with Job. They’re mourning. And then we begin this whole exchange. There are three cycles. I won’t go in to detail about them, but there are three cycles in the Book of Job; three distinct cycles of conversation between Eliphaz, Job; Bildad, Job; Zophar, Job; three patterns. If you read the first one, Eliphaz starts off as quite; he sounds reasonable. He’s; he sounds reasonable. Basically what he’s going to insinuate to Job is he’s going to say, “You know, listen to what I tell you, brother.” Man, you know I’m going to go into my time-out corner here for a minute. You know, because sometimes I feel like I’m in my time-out corner. So, some brother comes along and says, “You know, Sister Scott, you know why your doghouse? Because you not living righteously, and there’s sin in your life. And if you just live a sin-free life and be a better, be a better Christian, you wouldn’t have these tribulations. The Lord would bless you and prosper you.” You have friends like that folks? “You know what your real problem, do you know what your real problem is, Blain? You know what your real problem is?” “Oh, great. She’s now going to tell me what my problem is.” “Well,” Eliphaz says, “your real problem is that you have unconfessed sin. And if you’ll just, if you’ll just do what I’m telling you to do, the Lord will work it out for you.” These friends, and there are many friends like this in the body of Christ today, they like to come and tell you, “If you just make a couple tweaks and changes, it’ll all get good, and it’ll all work out.” Here’s the thing. I don’t need a brother or a sister to come and tell me about how it’s going to work out. The Word tells me. And there are many promises in God’s book. I’ll tell you one of them is out of Psalm 119, that very large psalm that says, “Thy word is tried.” That meaning it has been put through the fire, it has been tested, therefore, “For ever, oh LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.” It’s made it through the eternities and been a steadfast place of refuge for all those that came before me, let me lean on that. So, somewhere in the 19th chapter, Job says something quite incredible. Remember he’s cursing the day he was born, everything is gloom and despair, “I don’t know why,” and “I can’t accept any of this,” and all of the sudden, he says, “I know that my Redeemer lives.” The beginning of sight, when you can’t see, “I know that my Redeemer lives.” Fascinating to me that as we go on in 1 Peter, in 1:8 it says, “Having loved someone,” speaking of Christ “you’ve not seen.” Job had not seen. He says, “I know that my Redeemer lives,” and I’m reading out of my NIV now, so you’re not confused. It’s a different translation, “and that in the end, He will stand upon the earth: and after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God.” Think about this, because this vessel that is tethered to the earth, that is, as we get a little older; when we were younger we were kind of, you know, we were; we didn’t think we’d have some physical breakdowns. You know, while we’re young we’re strong and we take it for granted, and as we get a little bit older it’s just a little bit of aches and pains, and then it starts with, “That ain’t working and that’s broke; no plumber can fix that, and those things cannot be repaired no matter how much you try.” Although, we do live in Hollywood, all things are possible here. He says, “I will see God.” And then, we’re going to go on a little bit further to some changes that are going on with Job as faith is beginning to well up. And now, jump over with me into the 23rd chapter. I’ll try and see if it reads kind of the same, the 23rd chapter. Yes, 23 and verse 10, I’ll read from the King James, “But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.” Remember that while you are going through, God has not abandoned. The same God who saw you on the sunny day, by the way, is by your bedside when you go to bed at night, is with you. You know when you’re up and you can’t sleep and eyes are like being held open by toothpicks, close your eyes. God’s 24/7; and go to sleep knowing that in the night, He is there. “But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall”” not “I might,” “I shall come forth as gold.” “I will,” my NIV reads, “I will come forth as gold.” We are His treasure; somewhere else, out of Peter and out of Deuteronomy, we are His treasure. He knows the way I take; when He’s tested me, I will come forth as gold. It is that treasure that He seeks. He knows we are His treasure. And then, I’m just going to maybe give you a sweeter overview of all this, because there are all these chapters filled in, and then suddenly, just suddenly another gentleman appears on the scene by the name of Elihu. People get him confused and they think he’s part of Eliphaz and Zophar and Bildad. He’s not. He appears on the scene. He’s not part of the friends, and you would read it clearly; I’ll explain it to you on Festival and tell you why he’s not part of these other friends. And what is remarkable about this man as he comes on the scene; let’s turn there. He comes on the scene real late there. So, I’m going to have you to go to chapter 32. This is just kind of a big overview to get to get, get us to walk away today with a good picture of how God is in control, no matter what. He sends this man, Elihu. Elihu’s name is “my God is He.” And strangely enough, I don’t really know who Elihu is. He may have been the one that wrote this book, because he was there all along, listening. He’s going to open his conversation like this. In fact, if you’ll forgive me, I’m going to read out at the NIV today, because I’ve got all my notes in my NIV. You may follow along in your King James, and that is beginning in chapter 32, “So these three men stopped answering Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes. But Elihu, the son of Barachel,” which means the son of “whom God blesses, “the Buzite, of the family of Ram,” yeah, if you can imagine that, “the Buzite.” That’s a good━“family of Ram,” from a family of “high.” All names mean something, for some reason, it’s not just willy-nilly. “He became very angry with Job for justifying himself rather than God. He was also angry with the three friends,” that tells you he’s not part of the equation, “because they had found no way to refute Job and yet had condemned him.” Now, let me just say one thing to you, and I hope the coming weeks you’ll hear me out. If we’re in Christ, and supposedly we claim to be Christians, we say, “Christ is our Lord and Savior.” If we’re in Christ, Romans declares, “There is therefore now no ultimate condemnation. And who, who shall lay charge to anything, any one of God’s elect,” God is in charge now, as you’ve committed your way. So, people that come to point the finger and say, “Aha! You there. yeah,” think of Job’s friends, and instead of wanting to say something nasty, just say, “Eliphaz,” or just call them, “Zophar,” or “Bildad.” You get the picture. God already knows. “Now, Elihu had waited before speaking to Job, because they were older than he, but when he saw the three men had nothing more to say, his anger was aroused.” And if you watch the cycle of conversation, the first cycle is very long, and then, in the second cycle Eliphaz gets a little bit more, you know, a little bit more gutsy. And what’s so amazing in the third cycle, Zophar has nothing to say; he is silent. Silence is golden isn’t it? So Elihu begins a whole discourse that will last effectively, six chapters are entwined in his discourse; I want you to take of note of this. Nowhere is Job going to refute, such as he did with his other friends, he’s not going to try and refute what Elihu’s saying, because Elihu was a forerunner to God speaking. And this is the sum total of what he says. It sounds like, if you read it quickly, it sounds like well what’s the difference between Elihu and these other three guys? Elihu’s going to really just hit the nail on the head, and he begins to talk to him and say some very profound things. He says, for example, in chapter 33, “The spirit of God has made me.” He tells Job to listen carefully, “The spirit of God has made me, the breath of the Almighty gives me life. I too, have been taken from clay”” so you know that Elihu’s just a man. And then he begins to say like this, does; I think that’s chapter 33 and verse 14, “For God does speak now one way, now another, though man may not perceive it.” Now, we’re told in the Book of Hebrews that “In these last days He has spoken through His Son, Jesus Christ.” But, listen to the wisdom. He says, “In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls upon men as they slumber in their beds, he may speak to them in their ears, and with terrifying things, warning them to turn a man from wrongdoing.” And then the other place here, he says, “Where a man may be chastened on a bed of pain, with constant distress in his bones, so that this very being finds food repulsive, his soul loathes the choicest meals.” And he goes on to basically say, “God can talk to people in different ways,” as he’s declaring to Job. And then, spin on to chapter 34, and I’m just going to keep reading. I’ve managed to color another book folks, yes. Elihu says, “Hear my words, you wise men; listen to me, you men of learning. For the ear tests words, as the tongue tastes food. Let us discern for ourselves what is right,” and he goes on to just slam the friends and Job. And he says, finally, a culmination of this just remarkable passage, “Who appointed Him,” speaking of God, “Who appointed Him over the earth? Who put Him in charge of the whole world? Who did this?” And he even gives Job the license, “You know, if you want to answer, go ahead. Who did this? There is no dark place, no deep shadow where evildoers can hide from God.” And in amazement, in chapter 35 verse 6, he says, “If you sin, how does that affect God?” Nobody ever asks the question, we’re so concerned about brothers and sisters looking on. What does God think? He knows our frame, He knows our condition. And then, he says, “Bear with me a little longer,” in chapter 36, “while I show you that there is more to be said on God’s behalf. God is mighty, does not despise men; He is mighty and firm in His purpose”” Well, what, pray tell me, is His purpose? That we should be conformed to the image and likeness, now of His Son, Jesus Christ. And how does He accomplish that? We’re looking at it, Eureka, the trying of your faith. “Aw, make this easy for me.” Well, I will. I’ll make it real easy, because it gets real easy when God talks. God makes it so plain that I’m just going to kind of step out a way and tell you how God sees this. Go to chapter 38, and get your pen out to do some writing here. The Lord speaks, “The LORD answered Job out of the storm,” and He says the following, and I want you to notice, these are by category. God is going to start first with the earth, the sea, the dawn; God’s going to break this down for Job and He’s going to ask him some really profound questions, beginning with this. He says to Job, “Brace yourself like a man. I’m going to question you and then you’re going to answer Me.” Now, I’m sure Job was saying, “Got any Depends?” God’s talking. “Brace yourself like a man. You get ready.” And here it comes. If this is mind boggling. God is speaking to Job, and He says, “Were you there when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me if you understand. Were you there? Who marked off its dimensions? Surely, wise Job you know, don’t you? Were you there? Did you do it? Who’s stretched a measuring line across it?” That’s the picture he’s given. And then the sea. “Who shut up the sea behind the doors? Were you there? What about the dawn? Have you ever understood this? Have you ever given orders to the morning? Job, do you control when the sun comes up or when the sun goes down? What about the vastness of the sea?” These are all categories. “Have you journeyed to the springs of the sea, or walked in the recesses of the deep? Tell me if you know all this.” He goes back; God’s going to go back to the light and the dusk. He says, “What is the way to the abode of light? And where does darkness reside? Can you take me to those places?” Hey listen, if you can answer these questions, Job; Melissa Scott; fill in the blank… God’s going to move on to talk about the snow, the hail, the rain, the frost. Keep looking up a little bit higher, because above the snow, the hail, the rain, and the frost right there, verses 31, 32, He says, “Can you bind the beautiful Pleiades? Can you lose the cords of Orion? Can you bring forth the constellations in their season? Can you do this? Last time I checked, Job, I’m sovereign. I’m the one that hung those stars in the sky.” It’s not some accident that occurred; I don’t care what textbook you want to read. And then He goes back to the rain and the clouds, “Can you raise your voice to the clouds?” And this is when you see God is going to cover all of His creation here. Amazingly, this is what’s amazing, He says, “Do you hunt the prey for the lioness?” When, “Who provides food for the raven? What about the mountain goats when they give birth?” Now He’s going to talk about the creation bringing forth and birthing, “Do you watch when the doe bears her fawn? Can you count the months till they bear? Do you know this?” See this is where humbling comes into the picture, when you step outside and you really acknowledge that God created it all. The breath that’s flowing through my mouth that’s making the sounds coming forth, He gave it to me; the stars in the sky; all of these things that are being described. In fact, this one’s one of the craziest ones, but it’s the most provocative for thought to go. He says, God says to Job, “Who let the wild donkey go free? Who untied his ropes? He’s wild, who let him go free? Who untied his ropes? I gave him the wasteland. I did all this. Will wild ox consent to serve you?” Now, He’s talking of the binding of animals. God, speaking of the ostrich, “I gave her her wisdom, although she appears kind of dumb and buries her eggs and leaves them there to be stepped or stolen; I gave them to her. And what about the war horse, or the hawk, the eagle.” And when you get to chapter 40, you have just a small, little response from Job, “Will the one who contends with the Almighty correct Him?” Let that just kind of resonate a little bit. “Job answered the LORD, I am unworthy. How can I reply to You? I put my hand over my mouth. I spoke once, but I have no answer; twice, but I will say no more.” Well, here comes the next battering ram, brother, so you had better bear down, because God’s saying, “I’m going to speak again. Brace yourself like a man, and I will question you, and you will answer me.” I told you there’s going to be a test afterwards. Haven’t I been saying that for weeks? You read through this and He’s going to talk about how His sovereignty, if you keep reading through, His sovereignty among the creation what He created, and you’re going to find the response to the creation, to God’s sovereignty, to God’s power, to God’s omnipotence, and God’s nature to know, to care for His creation. When Job replies in chapter 42; we did the whole book, wow; and Job says, “I know that You can do all things; no plan of Yours can be the thwarted. You asked, Who is this that obscures my counsel without knowledge? Surely I spoke of things I did not understand; things too wonderful for me to know,” literally, in the Hebrew, “too miraculous, too impossible, too unsearchable, too unfathomable.” That three letter word in Hebrew is a big rainbow for me to understand. “You said, Listen now, I will speak. I will question, You shall answer me. My ears have heard You, but now my eyes have seen You. Therefore I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes.” You know, the greatest lesson that I took away from this is if Job is a picture for the life of the saints, and if Job’s friends depicted that if you are righteous, you will prosper and you will be good and you will have no problems, then Job wasn’t a very good candidate, because he was the best that God could find when He said to Satan, “Have considered my servant, Job? There’s none like him.” So, the next time you’re going through, this is the way I want to begin the new year. I didn’t want to begin it by saying, “Look ahead to the great things the Lord’s going to do,” because that you already know. That doesn’t take any faith for looking forward to all the good things the Lord’s going to do, but believe me, as we look forward to those things where the Scripture says, “Taste and see that the LORD is good,” those who taste have the knowledge that in the process of tasting, we will encounter some tough times. And it is my job as Pastor, to get us to harness our minds, take the lesson today of Job and understand that there’s nothing wrong with you if you’re having to go through something. In fact, take it as the apostle Paul said, “our light affliction,” which just endures for a little while. And I like the fact that we’re never told what the “little while” is, although it could be a little while, while we’re down here, which if you’re God, He doesn’t wear a watch, “in a little while” is “a little while.” But having said that, take knowledge in something; the trial of your faith, the Eureka found in Job is found in each one of you. It’s very easy to see life’s circumstance, our possessions. We were praying for somebody earlier this week, who’s kind of in a Job-like circumstance, with broken health, medical bills mounting, the fear losing their home, and just really earnestly prayed that they which just stay steadfast in the faith and believe God for the impossible. You know, we have a lot of people talking about miracles, and the miracles of God. And we see miracles here in this ministry, every day. There’s one sitting right in front of me at the back of the room that I’m glad you’re here today. And you have nicer hair today than when I saw you in the hospital. They said, “Wow! What did you do to your wife?” She had that really sexy hair when I came into the hospital room and I said, “Wow”” You guys scare me. But what I want you to really focus on, this lesson today that should speak to us: God is sovereign. For if He created and made each one of us perfect, as He has; and I don’t say, “perfect” without flaw; I mean perfect in His eyes. Then surely, He knows where we’re at, and the one thing, without fail; you can talk about all the knowledge you may have of this Word, but when it comes to the rubber meeting the road. Grabbing hold of the promises in God, and by faith, because it is that moment when you grab hold, the trial of your faith; not the trial of this body that may break, but faith that is inside me will go through the fire. How is gold purified? By the fire, that it will come through, as 1 Peter said, “more precious,” because that is what pleases God. And that is what Satan hates. You can just take that, those two frames of reference, look at Job and say after all this, remarkably God sends Job on his way. Basically the friends are put in their place. Elihu, we don’t; he’s not mentioned again. The wife is not mentioned. So the lesson, the greater lesson is the heavenly transactions that occur, although we cannot see, have a purpose. Now, let me go back to the gold for a minute to show you what I mean, and then I’m done. I was in my office before I came out here, and I said, you know, that great gold rush, 1848 and then 1849, brought a slew of people west, all looking for gold. But, oh, maybe about 150 years before the gold rush, the Jesuits roamed this very land, walking on it. And their mission was not to find gold, by the way, not this tangible gold, but they walked the whole California coast and underneath their feet, as they went, there was gold and they knew it not. That wasn’t their driving force. My point is that like we are, earthen vessels, there is gold in here. We cannot see it. Like those Jesuits that walked the California coastline, and only 150 years later when people started to dig did they found gold in that rush that came. But for 150 years previous or so, gold was there and no one knew it. Gold is here, if you’ll just take stock of it, today. It’s very precious in God’s sight, and whether be just a little bit like a grain of a mustard seed or some of you who’ve been tried so much that you have a George Hamilton tan-like approach to your skin, you at least know, “I know that my Redeemer liveth,” and I know that the trials that have brought me like Job, when I come through, “I will be like gold.” In fact, for me, not just gold, but a treasure for Him; He loves His treasure. Whatever you going through, please, let this be a lesson for the rest of the year, not the beginning of the year, “It’s all good today, woo-hoo, the 2nd of January, 2011 woo-hoo!” Wait a little while, folks. So put this in your back pocket and when troubles come, just remember one thing. You’re not abnormal; you’re His children, He loves you, He loves me, and the thing He loves the most that right in the middle of a crisis, we keep trusting Him, hanging our body on His Word as though until our circumstance appropriate that promise we’ve claimed that then, by faith, we stand and look back and say, “The Lord did it.” Lord did it. The Lord did it. So, keep this as a year-long message, and as we close today, just remember the heavenly transaction, the thing you cannot see. There is a greater cloud of witnesses looking down, beholding what we, the family of God, do here; not to be perfect, just to trust Him. That’s my message. You have been watching me, Pastor Melissa Scott, live from Glendale, California at Faith Center. If you would like to attend the service with us, Sunday morning at 11am, simply call 1-800-338-3030 to receive your pass. If you’d like more teaching and you would like to go straight to our website, the address is www.PastorMelissaScott.com

3 thoughts on “1 Peter 1:6-8 Eureka! The Finding of Your Faith – 1 Peter #22”

  1. Hang on! I'm glad Warren is out, just two more knuckleheads left for Trump to knock off!! USA has the left not seen the end result yet!! Still a king's house and faither and tittheser. Hey Melissa!

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