Trials.... The Ultimate Compliment
Have you ever considered going through trial after trial to be a
compliment? I had never thought of it this way until I taught a college
class on the story of Job. The following Bible passage in particular stuck
out to me.
"One day the angels came to present themselves before the LORD, and
Satan also came with them. The LORD said to Satan, "Where have you
come from?" Satan answered the LORD, "From roaming through the earth
and going back and forth in it." Then the LORD said to Satan, "Have you
considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is
blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil." - Job 1:6-8
Tempting Job and giving him problems was probably the furthest thing
from Satan's mind. Until God chimed in. He nominated Job for the job of
Why would God nominate Job for the job of losing all his oxen, donkeys,
sheep, and camels? Why would God nominate Job for a job in which he
would receive painful sores from the soles of his feet to the top of his
head? Why would God nominate Job for a job whose description included
burying all of his sons and daughters? Why? Because Job could take it.
1 Corinthians 10:13 say, "No temptation has seized you except what is
common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted
beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide
a way out so that you can stand up under it."
God allowed Satan to take Job's possessions, servants, sons, and daughters
because he knew Job could bear it. It was the ultimate compliment. God
knew the kind of faith warrior Job was. He told Satan to hit him with his
best shot. Satan still lost.
Job's story has comforted, inspired, and encouraged countless hundreds of
thousands of Christians going through trials.
Maybe God is using you and the way you're handling trials you're going
through to comfort, inspire, and encourage others.
In a strange way, it's the ultimate compliment.
[ Contributed by: Brent R. High (firstname.lastname@example.org) -- from 'Daily Wisdom' ]
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