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The Man Who Had The Worst Day Ever, and God Turned It Around!


"Overturned Car on Capital Beltway [really bad day]" by woodleywonderworks
"Overturned Car on Capital Beltway [really bad day]" by woodleywonderworks

The Worst Day Ever


Today I'd like to talk about the story of a man who had to go through the toughest transition anyone has ever had to go through.

He was the wealthiest man in the world. He was worth Billions in todays market. He was not only a shrewd and wise business man He gave his life to the service of others. The only thing that could compete with his wealth was his heart for reaching, protecting, saving, helping the lost.

Then one day all that changed. In a single day every business he had was crushed to bankruptcy. His 7 children were all killed instantly and simultaneously as the building they were in collapsed.

A short time later, the man came down with a skin disease that broke out in sores all over his body.

People started talking about him. Blaming the curse he experienced on some secret sin. Truth be told, He'd made some errors. He'd allowed some things to enter his heart and poison his Blessing. He learned a few lessons about those things.

But the real lesson wasn't in what caused the breach of his Blessing... it was in the solution to fixing it!


Misunderstanding


"It Takes A Good Theologian To Help You Misunderstand The Bible" Jesse Duplantis

Jesus was asked once (John 9), "Why was this man born blind? Did he sin, or his parents?"

You see how people want to put the blame for bad on the person it happened to?

Then, through HORRIBLE Religious English translators we see the blame being shoved on God.

"It happened so that God could get glory..."

Newsflash: God DOES NOT get glory from sickness, disease, or brokenness. That is not consistent with the rest of the Bible. So we have a translation error here.

Allow me to show you a better way to translate Jesus' Answer.

The Darrell Wolfe Paraphrase:
"Neither this man or his parents sinned... 
(< End of answer: Jesus chooses to give no real answer to the question. "Neither... But...") 
(New Topic >) 
BUT, that God should be revealed in him, I must work the works of Him who sent me while it is day! The night is coming, when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world!" When he said this he went to healing him... 
Even SHORTER Darrell Wolfe Paraphrase:
"Neither this man or his parents sinned..."
BUT, God gets glory through the the works of healing, here, let me show you...Be Healed!" 

Jesus merely changes the subject. Neither sinned. Moving on to a new topic now. God's glory came through healing and deliverance, not through that man's brokenness.

And the man was not broken for the purpose of giving God glory through healing either. The man was broken because "The Thief comes to seal, kill, and destroy...". Jesus came that we might have life, and have it more abundantly. We have a real enemy, and God wants to save us from him.

THAT is the point of this verse.

It means the opposite of what so many have said it means.


The Man Learns A Lesson In Deliverance


So back to the rich, now broken, man, the man who had the worst day ever!

He lost everything but his wife and three friends, all of whom picked on him while he threw himself a pitty party (one he arguably had a 'right' to).

But you know how God chose to address his concern? 

When God sent a young preacher in there to set this man straight, and then later when God chose to speak to the man himself... You know what he focused the man's attention to?

In keeping with the pattern we see Jesus responding in, God never does answer why Job got into this mess, at least no direct answer is ever recorded. There are some things we can discern, having the light of the New Testament, but Job himself is never given any answer as to "Why?".

God skips "why" and jumps to "how to solve".

Man Of Suffering, stop looking at you and stop asking why. Both are useless questions. The real thing needed here is not "how I got here", but "how to get out".

God re-directed this man to how big God is. 

By turning the man's attention to how big God is all the attention on himself ceased. Then he inherited his Blessing back.

For those who don't know by now, the man's name is Job. He has a whole book of the bible dedicated to him.

I've been studying Job since August, and I feel I've barely scratched the surface of this book. It has to be the second most misunderstood book of the bible, second only to revelations.

Job is the study of God rushing in to deliver man from Satan, not giving him over to Satan.

Then, after 9 months of self pity, God turned his attitude around and re-prospered him in a day, by the time Job died he was TWICE as prosperous as he was before Satan got to him. OH, and Job lived, more than likely, over 200 years. So that was a horrible 9 months, but it was less than one year out of 200.

Many times we are not equipped to hear the answer to "why" while we are still going through the attack, or even shortly after. God may not tell you "why" ever, or it may be some time after you have recovered from the attack.

God's more interested in you getting your attention over on Him as the solution, then being sucked into "how" you got here, "why" it happened to you.

God's End Is Good! Get your attention on God's solution (the Mediator - Jesus), and off of the problem.

God wants to heal, bless, and prosper you. 

The solution for us is: To keep your eyes on Jesus, and off your problem. (Heb 12:2)


Are you ready to stop focusing on your lack, and how you got here, and start focusing on how Big God is? Comment On This Post

PS: Here is a great devotional to help.

By Darrell Wolfe

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*Please remember. The verse markings, punctuations, capitalizations, even the exact English words used, were all the liberty of the translators. If they have the liberty to put it a certain way, we have the liberty to work with the wording to see what it is really saying in the WHOLE context of the Word of God.

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