Problems come and go. Difficulties arise. The stress of life happens. In the middle of it all, wouldn’t it be nice if you just had someone on your side?
- Someone to stand with you…
- Someone to help you…
- Someone to care and shoulder some of the load…
Often, people would keep going and not quit, if they just had some help.
With this being said…
One of the great messages of Christianity is that we can cast all of our care on Jesus because he cares for us.
This is what the Bible says.
You were never meant to carry such a load of weight, concern, and stress on your own.
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Jesus is the one who wants to shoulder your burden and help you.
- He is there.
- He won’t leave.
- He stands by you.
In fact, Jesus promises to never leave us or forsake us.
Countless people have found hope in those words throughout the centuries.
But what if the person who is against you…the one who seems to have you in his grip…is God?
What if for some reason, you and God were at odds? What would you do then? It’s one thing for Jesus to shoulder the load, but if God is against you…what can you do?
- God is all powerful.
- God is sovereign.
- God is over all.
- God makes his way and no man can say otherwise.
- God makes up his mind and the world is created or the world is destroyed.
- What can a man do in response when God is the one with whom you have the issue or the problem?
Maybe that’s how you feel right now. Maybe you want to come close to God. Maybe you want to get things settled between you and your maker. But there is this wall…this barrier…and it seems to separate you from God. You’ve tried on your own to make things happen or to make yourself worthy, all to no avail.
What would a man do in that situation?
There is one man in the bible who had this exact problem. He went through all the things I’ve just described.
Of all people, this man, if he were living on earth today, could relate to having God seem to be against him.
His name was Job.
What I love about Job, is the fact that, through it all, he refused to quit.
- People told him to quit.
- He felt like quitting.
- He wanted to quit.
- He entertained the idea of quitting.
- But in the end…he DID NOT QUIT.
If you and I are going to make it through the situations we face in life, we must have the same attitude.
The “Do Not Quit” attitude is something that will make you resilient and hopeful…even when there seems to be no reason for hope at all.
So let’s look at Job for a moment, because you may feel like you’re in his shoes.
You may feel like, even God is sometimes against you.
What we find out is that having a “Do Not Quit” mindset is something that pleases God, even if you feel like God is the one against you.
Let’s find out a little about Job…here’s how the bible describes him…
Job 1:1–3 NLTse
1 There once was a man named Job who lived in the land of Uz. He was blameless—a man of complete integrity. He feared God and stayed away from evil.
The bible describes him as blameless. Job’s life occurred before the law of Moses. This is the first thing we must understand about Job. So this was a time in history, when there was no written law of God to compare your life to.
With that understood, the Lord still chooses to describe Job as a blameless man…someone of complete integrity.
Even without the written law of God, Job still feared God. He reverenced and honored the Lord. Job also made a conscience choice to stay away from all evil.
*As a sidetone, please understand that how the bible describes Job, is a true, fair, and accurate description.
Job is a complex book that raises more questions than answers, even four thousand years after it was written, but in its description of Job, the bible is simple and true.
Here’s a little about Job’s life…
2 He had seven sons and three daughters.
3 He owned 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 teams of oxen, and 500 female donkeys. He also had many servants. He was, in fact, the richest person in that entire area.
Job was a blessed man. Very blessed. He had every reason to be happy and full of life. But then something happened…
Job 1:6–12 NLTse
6 One day the members of the heavenly court came to present themselves before the Lord, and the Accuser, Satan, came with them.
7 “Where have you come from?” the Lord asked Satan. Satan answered the Lord, “I have been patrolling the earth, watching everything that’s going on.”
8 Then the Lord asked Satan, “Have you noticed my servant Job? He is the finest man in all the earth. He is blameless—a man of complete integrity. He fears God and stays away from evil.”
9 Satan replied to the Lord, “Yes, but Job has good reason to fear God.
10 You have always put a wall of protection around him and his home and his property. You have made him prosper in everything he does. Look how rich he is!
11 But reach out and take away everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face!”
12 “All right, you may test him,” the Lord said to Satan. “Do whatever you want with everything he possesses, but don’t harm him physically.” So Satan left the Lord’s presence.
Now, no matter what your perspective on this book is…and I’ve heard and read many…the letters are black and white.
God gave the enemy permission to test Job. And here’s the real kicker, the test didn’t come because Job had been sinful. The test came because God had faith in Job.
God believed that Job was the finest man in the whole earth, so testing him wouldn’t change anything about Job’s spirit.
God knew what Job was made of on the inside…so he allowed the devil to test him.
In a real sense, it feels like God is the one who is against Job…if you were in Job’s shoes, that is.
We have the privilege of knowing the back story. Job didn’t know any of it. To Job, it might as well have been God against him.
Job loses everything.
- All his wealth.
- All his honor.
- All his children.
- All his livestock.
Job is utterly broke…and as far as he can tell…God is the one responsible.
- What would you do?
- How would you react?
- How would you feel?
Here is Job’s response…
Job 1:20–22 NLTse
20 Job stood up and tore his robe in grief. Then he shaved his head and fell to the ground to worship.
21 He said, “I came naked from my mother’s womb, and I will be naked when I leave. The Lord gave me what I had, and the Lord has taken it away. Praise the name of the Lord!”
22 In all of this, Job did not sin by blaming God.
If you ever wanted to see a “Do Not Quit” attitude, this is it.
- He worshipped the Lord.
- He praised the Lord.
- He did not blame God.
How many times have you blamed God, even if you never said it out loud? When you start blaming God, the desire to quit will soon follow. Satan wants to make you quit…give up…give in. Don’t do it.
This, however, is not the end of Job’s testing. There is more.
Job 2:1–10 NLTse
1 One day the members of the heavenly court came again to present themselves before the Lord, and the Accuser, Satan, came with them.
2 “Where have you come from?” the Lord asked Satan. Satan answered the Lord, “I have been patrolling the earth, watching everything that’s going on.”
3 Then the Lord asked Satan, “Have you noticed my servant Job? He is the finest man in all the earth. He is blameless—a man of complete integrity. He fears God and stays away from evil. And he has maintained his integrity, even though you urged me to harm him without cause.”
God even admits that there was no reason for allowing the things Job had to endure. They were without cause.
4 Satan replied to the Lord, “Skin for skin! A man will give up everything he has to save his life.
5 But reach out and take away his health, and he will surely curse you to your face!”
6 “All right, do with him as you please,” the Lord said to Satan. “But spare his life.”
In fact, what really happened is that God once again believes in Job.
7 So Satan left the Lord’s presence, and he struck Job with terrible boils from head to foot.
8 Job scraped his skin with a piece of broken pottery as he sat among the ashes.
9 His wife said to him, “Are you still trying to maintain your integrity? Curse God and die.”
10 But Job replied, “You talk like a foolish woman. Should we accept only good things from the hand of God and never anything bad?” So in all this, Job said nothing wrong.
Job is still an upright man. He is a man of integrity who fears the Lord. He refuses to quit, even though it appears to Job, that the Lord has taken away his health. We know the backstory. Job did not.
Throughout the book of Job:
- Job questions God.
- Job complains.
- Job doesn’t understand.
- Job wants to die.
- Job defends his blamelessness.
- Job defends his case.
- Job tells his friends they are wrong to accuse him of sin.
Job was not sinless but Job was blameless.
There is a difference.
There was no law to be responsible to so Job could claim perfect blamelessness.
God believed in Job. We may not understand it all…but it’s there. Some questions go unanswered. But in the end the Lord says this about Job…
Job 42:7 NLTse
7 After the Lord had finished speaking to Job, he said to Eliphaz the Temanite: “I am angry with you and your two friends, for you have not spoken accurately about me, as my servant Job has.
God is the one who says, “Job spoke the truth about me.”
- Job did not sin with his words.
- Job did not undermine the Lord.
- Job spoke about God correctly.
And since there was no written law of God at this time, Job could also confidently say, “I am righteous and blameless.”
Job’s defense of his life was right and correct.
But in the middle of it all, Job had a desire. His desire is oftentimes, our desire as well. You have to understand where Job is coming from to really appreciate what he says at the end of this chapter.
Job 9:1–20 NLTse
1 Then Job spoke again:
2 “Yes, I know all this is true in principle. But how can a person be declared innocent in God’s sight?
3 If someone wanted to take God to court, would it be possible to answer him even once in a thousand times?
4 For God is so wise and so mighty. Who has ever challenged him successfully?
5 “Without warning, he moves the mountains, overturning them in his anger.
6 He shakes the earth from its place, and its foundations tremble.
7 If he commands it, the sun won’t rise and the stars won’t shine.
8 He alone has spread out the heavens and marches on the waves of the sea.
9 He made all the stars—the Bear and Orion, the Pleiades and the constellations of the southern sky.
10 He does great things too marvelous to understand. He performs countless miracles.
11 “Yet when he comes near, I cannot see him. When he moves by, I do not see him go.
12 If he snatches someone in death, who can stop him? Who dares to ask, ‘What are you doing?’
13 And God does not restrain his anger. Even the monsters of the sea are crushed beneath his feet.
14 “So who am I, that I should try to answer God or even reason with him?
15 Even if I were right, I would have no defense. I could only plead for mercy.
16 And even if I summoned him and he responded, I’m not sure he would listen to me.
17 For he attacks me with a storm and repeatedly wounds me without cause.
18 He will not let me catch my breath, but fills me instead with bitter sorrows.
19 If it’s a question of strength, he’s the strong one. If it’s a matter of justice, who dares to summon him to court?
20 Though I am innocent, my own mouth would pronounce me guilty. Though I am blameless, it would prove me wicked.
Here’s where it leads Job….what he says next is amazing. It is literally a revelation.
Job 9:32–35 NLTse
32 “God is not a mortal like me, so I cannot argue with him or take him to trial.
33 If only there were a mediator between us, someone who could bring us together.
34 The mediator could make God stop beating me, and I would no longer live in terror of his punishment.
35 Then I could speak to him without fear, but I cannot do that in my own strength.
This revelation Job has is the exact reason that you don’t need to give and quit right now, no matter how bad the problems are you face.
Job wanted a mediator. A mortal man…someone in the flesh who could stand between him and God.
You and I have what Job wanted.
1 Timothy 2:5 ESV
5 For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,
Jesus was and is the man, sent in human flesh to stand between us and God.
The Word of God was made flesh and dwelt among us.
He became like us, so he could defend us.
Job was blameless. Jesus was not only blameless, but he was also sinless. So he is the ONLY ONE who could perfectly stand between us and God.
Why do you need to have a #DoNotQuit attitude?
- Because you can go through Jesus to get to God.
- Because Jesus is pleading your case.
- Because Jesus understands your weakness.
- Because Jesus is your advocate.
- Because Jesus sits by the Father, praying for you.
- Because Jesus took your place.
- Because Jesus makes you blameless.
- Because Jesus makes you righteous.
God changes his mind about you because of the testimony of Jesus.
I’m pleading with you…
Do Not Quit.
Do Not Give Up.
Do Not Back Down.
There is a friend you have that will plead your case before God.
And your friend, your lawyer, will win your case. If only there were a mediator…Thank God…there is.