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Not In Vain

Job had hard times. His faith was tested. He lost the backing of friends and family. In most of the book, he’s questioning God’s purpose in what was happening. But during this tumultuous time Job was stretching, growing, changing. When the book ends, Job is praising God for the wondrous feats God had done. Job forgives his friends, repents of his attitude, and God blessed him immensely in his later years.
The Lord is still in the business of using grief for good, taking hardship and turning it into opportunity. James 5:10-11 implores us to remember this truth, “Brothers and sisters, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.”
God never stopped loving Job, and the same is true for you and me. He has great plans for us, some of which may require an uncomfortable stretching and less-than-ideal maturation process. So how will we react to our own refining process? Charles R. Swindoll once said “Life is 10 percent what happens to us and 90 percent of how we react to it.” Let’s rejoice in the examples of the past, and look forward to the promise of our future.

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