The Book of Job is a very interesting book in the Bible. It is actually a book that I do not read too often because Job suffered so much during his life. I used to read this book and always just feel so bad for Job. He had so many things thrown at him in life by Satan. He lost everything he had, including his children. I mean, that's a pretty sad story, right?
However, through all the trials and tribulations that came at Job, he still had so much trust and faith in the Lord. God knew in the beginning that Job would be able to handle what was coming to him. He knew that Job would stay faithful and that he would make a way through all of this. God knew that Job was different than most people.
And the Lord said to Satan, "Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil?" - Job 1:8
God allowed Satan to throw these trials at Job for many reasons. The main one was to reveal Job's character. Throughout the suffering that happened to Job, there were times where Job would be upset and discouraged about the situations around him. He was still a man with feelings and emotions. But, he continued to trust God and to have hope in God because he knew there was a greater purpose behind all this suffering.
We can look towards the end of Job's time of suffering that God blessed him with more than he had before. He gave Job twice as much as he had before. The Lord gave Job long life, new children, double the wealth, and so much more. I'm sure Job had so much more in store for him in Heaven.
But why did all of this happen to Job? What was the point?
Out of all the characters in the Bible, Job suffered the most (besides Jesus). Imagine what it would be like if we did not have Job's story to look at. When we faced trials and difficult situations, we would probably be more inclined to give up. But because of Job's story, we know that trusting God and having faith in Him will help us in a difficult time. And at the end of it all, God will provide us with much more than we had before.
The Lord shows us with Job's story that there are blessings in our sufferings. God might allow hard situations to happen in your life, but no matter how difficult they are, He knows you can handle it. He knows that you will need to trust Him, so He can use those sufferings for your own good and for His glory. There is good that comes from our sufferings. It may be hard to see during the tough time, but when we obey God's ways, He will always provide the best for His children.
I don't know what season of life you are in right now, but trust God and continue to have hope in Him. He will provide a way for you. He knows you can handle whatever difficulties are happening in your life. His mercies are new every morning.
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