Job 13:15

If you don’t believe in the sovereignty of God, your whole theology is a house of cards—and no one is in charge of our lives, or souls, or our eternal future.

Isaiah 50:10 is a verse that confuses a lot of Christians.  It says, “Who is among you that feareth the Lord, that obeyeth the voice of his servant, that walketh in darkness, and hath no light?  Let him trust in the name of the Lord, and stay upon his God.”

Note that it is referring to believers, those who fear the Lord and obey his voice.  Yet it says this person is walking in darkness.  This is not the darkness of sin, but the darkness of suffering and trouble.

In the real world, good people suffer.  How do you handle suffering?  Will one of your quick-fix faith formulas?  Sooner or later, you’ll experience something for which you gave no theological answer.

You’ll find the answer in the book of Job, but most Christians don’t like to read that book.  There are actually two books of Job:  the one written by the charismatic convention and the one written by the Holy Spirit.  I believe the one written by the Holy Spirit.

Charismatics say that what Job feared came upon him.  Let me tell you something, I don’t believe in Christian Science.  I believe in the sovereignty of God.  Whatever your theology about the book of Job is, you have to understand that God let it all happen.

If God is not sovereign, then god is not God.

Job lost his wealth, his health and his children.  His wife said, “Curse God and die.”  But he wouldn’t.  Hob did not know that God had removed the hedge of protection from him and that this was a test so severe that men would look back for centuries and say, “This is what God’s grace can help you endure.

What do you do when the light goes out?  Look at the last verse of Psalm 27:  “Wait on the Lord:  be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart:  wait, I say, on the Lord” (verse 14).

You may be so discouraged and depressed, so frazzled and frustrated that quitting looks good.  Don’t do it!  “Wait on the Lord:  be of good courage.”  God is too wise to make a mistake and too loving to be unkind.  The Holy Spirit will renew you, refresh you, restore you and re-fire you so you can shine, shine, shine.

Turn on the Light!