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Are you struggling with your faith because you are going through trials or tribulations?
Job is an example of someone who faced great struggles and trials. In fact, his struggles proved to be one of the greatest among others mentioned in the bible. Job lost his children, wealth, good health, livestock and crops. None of his close friends could give him encouragement in his troubling times; they told him he must be suffering the consequences of his sins. Even his wife told him to curse God and die. Can you imagine that loneliness, on top of the afflictions he is enduring? Job suffered so much that he hated his life and started to ask God why is all this happening to him? Is God finding pleasure in seeing him suffer? Does he really deserve what is happening to him? He had a lot of questions for God. But God answered and said, “Who is this that questions my wisdom with such ignorance words?” Job 38:2. Then God continued to express his power, dominion and sovereignty to Job. Then Job answered, “… It is I – and I was talking about things I knew nothing about, things far too wonderful for me.” Job 42:3b. He continues, “I had only heard about you before, but now I have seen you with my own eyes. I take back everything, and I sit… to show my repentance.” Verse 5-6. Job now understands who God truly is after the revelation, he didn’t just “know about God” as before, but he now KNOWS HIM GENUINELY.
I know that if God reveals himself to you and allows you to see certain things that are hidden to men, your perspective will change too as Job’s perspective changed. After Job asked God for forgiveness for asking such questions, the bible states that God forgave and blessed Job. Job 42:10 says, “… the Lord gave him twice as much as before!” Job had more children the second round and he lived long enough to see about four generations of his children and grandchildren.
Whether you have thought or said, “God, why me?”, do not relent in your faith in Christ. Don’t curse God and lose hope in him. Peter encouraged us by saying, “So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So, when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.” 1 Pet.1:6-7
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