By Ralph and
The test of a lifetime takes place for Job. This man loses his kids, wealth, and almost his entire mind. Painful boils begin to show up on his skin. His wife tells him to curse God and die. The folks he calls friends are blaming him for the misfortunes. Satan is convinced that he will soon fail the trial, give up on life, and discard his faith in God. Interestingly enough, God is quiet through the whole ordeal and confident that Job has got this. Even in the worst of circumstances, Job makes an unbelievable statement that is written in Job 23:10: “But he knoweth the way that I take: But when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.” This man of God keeps his integrity, holds on to his faith, and passes the test. In the end, God rewards him with double for his faithfulness. Job becomes an inspiration for all people going through the storms of life.
Sometimes God will allow us to go through a time of testing. Although challenging, these times serve an important purpose in his plan. Any good teacher will tell you that tests can show students’ weaknesses. As Christians, we must be willing to work on these areas and seek God to grow. Sometimes we have to repeat these tests over and over before we can move to the next level. God’s heavenly assessments also gives us opportunities to shine for him. Job’s character and integrity shamed the devil. His faith brought glory to God and still amazes people today. Nothing makes a teacher more proud than when a student does well on a test. Job came forth as pure gold and made God proud to be his maker. Our purpose as Christians is to please God and to lift up his name for all to see. Displaying real faith and character in tough times will showcase the truths of God and bring him honor.
Have you wondered why you are going through that trial that pressed you to the limit? It could just be that God is wanting to take you to the next level. His heavenly plan for you requires that you grow and become more Christ like. He will never promote the unfaithful, immature, and the lazy. His desire is to promote, bless, and use you for something great. It is amazing how God can turn our trial into a testimony. God might be allowing a storm in your life to cause you to soar. It may be your time to shine for Jesus, advance his Kingdom, and bring him glory. Remember that God is in control of every situation. Keep your faith in God and let it glitter like gold. God’s promises are always yes and amen and he will never leave you. Do not give up because he will give you double for your trouble. Hold onto his word in Isaiah 40:31 that is written: “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” With the Lords help, you have got this!
(Ralph & Elizabeth Pyszkowski, Your Brother & Sister in Christ. All comments are welcomed at [email protected])