JOB’S BREAKING POINT
Job curses the day he was born. He is broken in spirit because he is wishing he had never been born. He begins to pity himself and all kind of evil is the result. I want to show you the four things that broke his spirit, because the same four things break people’s spirits today.
The Man Satan Likes To Hit
In Job 1:1-5, notice the kind of man the devil likes to hit. In verse 1, he was spiritual; in verse 2, he was a family man; in verse 3, he was industrious, famous, and wealthy. In verse 4, he enjoyed family fellowship, and in verse 5, he was concerned for the spiritual welfare of his family. This is the kind of man the devil hits–a spiritual man. This is the same man who in chapter 3 curses the very day that he was born.
The Devil Figures He Can Take Job
“And the LORD said unto Satan, “Whence comest thou?” Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, ‘From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it’” (Job 1:7, KJV). Satan said “to and fro.” Satan was going “to and fro” and diligently investigating men and women in this earth. There were some folks he was after, and Job was one of them. The Lord said, “Have you considered my servant Job, that there’s none like him on the earth; he is perfect, he is upright, he fears God and doesn’t like evil?” (v. 8). The devil comes and says in verse 9, “Doth Job fear God for nought?” In simple terms he says, “Listen Lord, Job only serves you because you’re blessing him. He only serves you because of what he can got out of you” (v. 10). He said to the Lord, “Take that hedge away from him and he’ll curse you to your face. Job will curse you if you stop blessing him” (at least the devil recognizes that God is a God of blessing). “And the LORD said unto Satan, “Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not thine hand” (v. 12). In other words, He said to the devil, “You can try him, but you can’t touch his health. You can’t touch his body; you can’t touch his health.”
In Job 1:13-22, the roof caves in, and everything is gone by three different means–by fire, by wind, and also by the enemy, a band of ruffians. When the roof caved in, we read, “Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped” (v. 20). Job worshipped… he worshipped. Hallelujah! A lot of people who are in a trial will leave the church, they will leave their families, or they will end their lives. A lot of people have committed suicide for less than what happened to Job. When the roof caved in, Job worshipped God. The devil cannot harm a worshipping man. The devil cannot break through the praises of a man who loves God. Hallelujah. The devil cannot destroy you if you worship the Lord. Your trials are nothing when you worship the Lord. Glory to God! This is a good lesson to learn. If your trials cost you a little bit of money, worship the Lord God.
The Devil Tries Again
The devil says in Job 2:4-6, “And Satan answered the LORD, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life. But put forth thine hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse thee to thy face. And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, he is in thine hand; but save his life” (KJV). Satan said to God, “Job will give you up just so he can stay healthy; let me touch his body and he’ll curse you.” The first time the devil took all his possessions, but God said, “Don’t touch his body.” This time Satan was after his body, but God said, “Don’t touch his life. Behold, he is in thine hand, but save his life.” God was protecting his life. God protects your life also. In verse 5, we notice the words, “Touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse thee to thy face.” Then in verse 7, the boils came. If you have boils, you have great pain, swelling, and much discomfort. There is nothing worse than a bad boil, but if you have them all over your body, you’re in real trouble. This happened in Job’s case, and he started to cleanse himself. As he sat down among the ashes, we see darkness creeping in, even though he still held fast his integrity. We see in chapter 3 that he is broken.
Job Reaches His Breaking Point
What was his breaking point? The devil knows every man has a breaking point. Job cursed his day because of a broken spirit. In chapter 3, he is a beaten man. It is a good thing to check your breaking point. There are certain things in your life that may be your personal tipping point more than any other thing. There are certain things that will make you a hero or a coward. There is a certain place in your life where you may give in. There is a certain place in your life where you may feel like you would like to die and go to the grave. You will wish you had never been born. Job reached this place.
To be continued…
Pastor George Belobaba
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