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Trials of Many Kinds

In Job, God allows Satan to test Job, a righteous man who was “blameless and upright” (Job 1:1). Through no fault of his own, Job loses his family, his wealth and his health. Job believes God is punishing him, and though he never curses God, he questions the fairness of what’s happening to him. Job has a hard time understanding why such horrible things are happening to someone who so fiercely loves and strives to obey God.

Hundreds of years later, James writes about this very question. In his letter to the early church, James encourages us to consider trials of all kinds as pure joy because the testing of our faith develops perseverance. The Bible says perseverance is what makes us mature and complete. It also says those who stand the test of trials “will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him” (James 1:12). 

Job’s story is so reassuring to me. Through his trials and sufferings, and even through his discouragement, Job chose to put his faith in the Lord. The Lord, therefore, allowed Job to mature, and blessed his life more than Job could have ever imagined.

What a reminder this is for our own lives! Let’s not run from our trials or curse God in our troubles. Instead, do as James 1:5 says and seek wisdom from God. Allow him to grow you and make you complete. Knowledge and blessings await those who persevere.

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