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July 14th, 2024  
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Episode 18: Job: Unanswered "Why's"
About the Life Connection Club
the life connection club kids Do you have a habit of asking "Why?" Have you wondered why you didn't make the team or why your friend didn't invite you to the party? Or maybe you've questioned some life-changing events like why your parents got divorced or why a family member has cancer.

Job loved God and was a generous man, but when he experienced a lot of loss and personal pain, he began to ask, "Why?" Job learned that God doesn't always give us the answer. The real issue is, are we willing to trust God in spite of unanswered "whys?"

Now, use your imagination, as we journey back through time to look at the Life Connection Story, "Job."

Story Job
(Story adapted from the book of Job)

My name is Job. I am excited to share with you how God worked in my life.

I lived in the land of Uz. I was an honest man and innocent of any wrong. At least that's the way I saw myself. I honored God and stayed away from evil. I had seven sons and three daughters. I owned seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred pairs of oxen, and five hundred female donkeys. I had a large number of servants. I was the greatest man among all the people of the East.

God even said that no one on the earth was like me. But Satan questioned my motives. He believed that I trusted and obeyed God because my life was good. God had blessed me with a big family and lots of money. Satan said that if everything I had was destroyed, I would curse God. So God gave Satan permission to touch anything I had, but he couldn't touch me.

One day a messenger came and said the Sabians killed my servants and stole the ox and cattle. While he was still speaking, another messenger said that lightning had burned up the sheep and the servants. While the second messenger was still speaking, another one said that the Babylonians stole all of the camels and killed the servants. The third messenger was still speaking when another man came to tell me that my all of my sons and daughters were killed when the house collapsed on them.

I was so very sad, but I knew in my heart that God gave these things to me, and He took them away. I didn't understand why, but I bowed and worshipped God. I was naked when I was born, and I will be naked when I die. Praise the name of the Lord. In all this, I didn't blame God. I loved God for Who He was, not for what He gave me.

As if that wasn't enough, Satan wanted to attack my health. God agreed to let Satan touch my body, but not to the point of death. So Satan put painful sores all over my body, from the top of my head to the soles of my feet. I took a piece of broken pottery and used it to scrape my sores. My wife told me to curse God and die. I told her that she was talking foolishly. I asked her if we should take only good things from God and not trouble. In all this, I didn't sin in what I said.

Then my three friends, Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar came to see me. They sat on the ground with me for seven days and seven nights. No one said a word because they saw my pain. After seven days, I cursed the day I was born. Then, we went through several rounds of discussion about the reasons for my circumstances. In their effort to answer the "why" questions, my friends falsely accused me. I was frustrated with them, so I spoke directly to God. He still didn't answer my "whys," but He reminded me of Who He was-the Creator of the universe who spoke the world into being and created man out of dust. Nothing and no one can compare to God. He's all-powerful, all-knowing, all-present, and-He loves you and He loves me unconditionally. It didn't matter to me anymore if God answered my "whys" because I knew I could trust Him-no matter what.

God not only restored my health, He gave me twice as much as I had owned before. I lived to see my children, grand children, great grand children, and great-great grand children. The Lord blessed the last part of my life even more than the first part.

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Let's thank God for Who He is, that He is worthy of our trust.

God, thank You that You are all powerful, all knowing and all present. You are everywhere at once. We can't understand that, but that's how great You are. Thank You that we can trust You in all of our circumstances, even when we don't have the answers to our "why" questions.




noah Use the book of Job and the Life Connection Story. They will help you complete your Life Connection Response. Then do the Life Connection Activity.

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Response



1. Job was the weakest man among all the people of the East.
True
False


2. Satan questioned Job's _________.
motives
anger
jealousy


3. Job loved God not for what He gave him, but for Who God was.
True
False


4. In their effort to answer the "why" questions, Job's friends __________ him.
encouraged
Falsely accused
blessed


5. It didn't matter to Job anymore if God answered his "whys" because _________.
Job quit believing there was a God
knew he could trust God-no matter what
gave up all hope


6. The Lord ________ during the last part of Job's life even more than the first part.
blessed
brought more suffering
answered his questions


7. Read this verse: "You asked, 'Who is this who hides counsel without knowledge?' Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know" (Job 42:3).

Now write a letter to God about a time you thought you knew the answer to something then realized that you didn't know the answer. Maybe it was something bigger than your understanding or experience. How did that make you feel - i.e., small compared to God?



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