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What Job Knew

Humility Trust (In God) Suffering

Contributed By: Corey Sawyers | Date Posted: 2018-09-08

Scripture: Job 19:25 ; Job 40:1

Author: Corey Sawyers
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ILLUSTRATION

One way to study the Bible is by marking the keywords of a book. Take a keyword and follow it through to see how it is used in the text.  In the book of Job, "know" is such a word. It is used often, 87 times, in fact. However, what is most interesting in the book is how it is used.

APPLICATION

When tragedy strikes, a conversation begins between Job and his friends in which what they "know" (or think they know) is very much at the forefront. Job will argue that he doesn't know why this is happening because he has done no wrong. His three friends contend that they know Job must have committed some great sin. All the evidence they think they need to see is in Job's circumstances. 

Job answers that indeed he does not know what he has done. Still, he does know one crucial fact; that God is in control (see 19:25; 31:6, et al.).

After several rounds, a fourth friend (Elihu) stands up. He has heard enough. He rebukes these four old men for running their mouth and not doing what is right (32:6-7). This young man just knows he has it all figured out (32:10, 17; 33:3; 36:4, et al.).

Then God speaks. Rather than answer Job or his friends, God challenges them. If they know so much, let them give some knowledge to the Lord God (38:2-5, 12, 18, 21, 33; 39:1-2; 40:6). In 40:1-6, Job answers the Lord. He says, "I know nothing but You. You teach me."

So, from the book of Job, what can we know?

That we do not know why any particular person is suffering.
That we can make suffering worse for someone when we presume to know.
That the only thing we need to know when it comes to suffering is the One in control.

I may not know what tomorrow may bring. I may never know why I endure certain things. All I need to know is the Lord God. He knows all, is all-powerful, and cares for each of us. 

The Man Who Is Willing To Serve Unnoticed

Calling Spiritual Gifts Humility

Source: “Indian Engineer Spends the Last Five Years Collecting over 50 Kilograms of Nails from City Road” By Spooky, Oddity Central, January 12th, 2017

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-05-26

Scripture: Matthew 23:11

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

Oddity Central reports: 

Benedict Jebakumar is a man on a mission. Ever since 2012 he has dedicated his free time to sweeping Bangalore’s Outer Ring Road of metal nails deliberately put there by nearby tire puncture shops to boost their profits ... It all started when Benedict Jebakumar realized that he would often have to deal with a punctured car tire when taking the Outer Ring Road from his home in Banashankari to his office, or vice-versa. He didn’t think much of it at first, but then he noticed the many tire repair shops lining the roads, most of which were often busy fixing the tires of seemingly unlucky motorists.

It didn’t take long for him to figure out that whenever he got a flat tire it would always be because of metal nails conveniently located close to one of these puncture repair shops. He went to the local authorities to report his findings and ask them to take action, but they didn’t seem too eager to help. That’s when he decided it was up to him to keep the roads clean for himself and other drivers.

... At first he would pick them up by hand, but soon realized that it was a very time consuming and ineffective method, so he built a tool to help him on his cleaning runs. He took one of his broken fishing rods and modified it by attaching magnets to one end and making it foldable. 

... Benedict leaves his home at around 7 in the morning, and stops by specific points on the Outer Ring Road, making sure they are nail-free. He does the same thing on his way back from work, because many times the miscreants running puncture repair shops will spread a new batch of nails right after he leaves. On some days, he collects so many metal nails that he fills his bags and has to return with more to finish the job. For example, on March 21st, 2016, he collected a whopping 1,654 nails off the road. He keeps all the nails he has picked up since 2012, and claims that his collection now weighs over 50 kilograms.

... Until the nail problem is solved by the city, Jebakumar plans to keep taking care of things himself, as best he can. “I will continue as I am helping many people,” he says.

... Interestingly enough, in 2015, when asked by The News Minute has a passerby ever stopped to ask him what he was doing with a broken fishing [pole] on the Outer Ring Road, Jebakumar realized that in three years, nobody had ever approached him about it. “It is such a fast-paced world that nobody has even observed that there is a man wandering about a busy main road in search of something. They have not even noticed that these nails are potential threats to their vehicles,” he said.

APPLICATION

While evil is busy planting nails, we need to be busy finding our fishing poles!

God doesn’t leave us here without a purpose.  He places His love in our hearts and then He sets us loose in a world of needs. The problem is that most of what really helps other people isn’t superhero stuff.  But because there is little recognition in such humble service, we drive right by the nails on the road, holding out for a more glamorous mission.

What is the humble need you could do something about right now? Do you hesitate to meet this need because it doesn’t seem important enough?  If it’s really God you seek to serve, it shouldn’t matter if people notice what you’re doing.  Even if no one stops to ask you what we’re doing, pleasing Him should be enough.  

Jesus said, "The greatest among you will be your servant" (Matthew 23:11). 

A Pencil In God's Hand

Witness Humility Stewardship

Source: Beauty Begins: Making Peace with Your Reflection, by Chris Shook, p. 162

Contributed By: Mitchell Dillon | Date Posted: 2017-05-03

Scripture: John 3:30

Author: Mother Teresa
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ILLUSTRATION

"No one thinks of the pen while reading the letter.  They only want to know the mind of the person who wrote the letter.  That's exactly what I am in God's hand--a little pencil."

APPLICATION

This statement reminds us of John the Baptist's declaration, "He must increase but I must decrease" (John 3:30). If we are to fulfill our stewardship and accurately represent the God we seek to serve, we must forget about ourselves.  Like a little pencil in God's hand, we must show the world what's on God's mind. 

Mother Teresa concluded, "God is writing his love letter to the world in this way, through works of love." 

What Stan Lee Did For Superheroes

Weakness Power Humility

Contributed By: D A | Date Posted: 2017-03-17

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 12:10

Author: Alex Hodgson / Illustration Exchange
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What's Your Biggest Weakness?

Weakness Salvation Humility

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-10-14

Scripture: 1 John 1:8 ; 1 John 1:9

Author: Illustration Exchange
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God's Paralympics

Humility Weakness God's Power

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-09-22

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 12:9

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Listening For Mosquito Tones

Humility Listening Hearing God's Voice

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-11-18

Scripture: Matthew 18:2

Author: Doug Newton
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The Principle of The Shrew

Boasting Self-absorbed Humility

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-11-14

Scripture: 1 Samuel 2:3

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Mucha Crema

Humility Boasting Self-promoting

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-11-10

Scripture: Romans 12:3

Author: Tove Danovich / Illlustration Exchange
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Loving Thanksgiving for What It Isn't

Thankfulness Humility Glorify God

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-10-02

Scripture: 1 Chronicles 16:8

Author: Rob Nikolewski
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