Suffering and sorrow are part of the human life cycle. And yet we often blame the devil when these ills befall us. Of course, the devil is always plotting and scheming. But he cannot touch you unless God permits him.
So, the next time, unusual circumstances put your faith through a sift, don’t yield to Satan’s schemes; your trials might very well be God testing your trust as he did Job.
In the book of Job, we read about a man named Job who lived in the land of Uz. The Bible says Job was blameless and upright. He feared God and shunned evil. He had seven sons and three daughters. And he owned seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yokes of oxen and five hundred donkeys, and had many servants. He was the greatest man among all the people of the East.
Job was an honorable man and a faithful servant of God. The devil who roams the earth like a roaring lion could not touch him because the Lord had built a hedge around him. But the devil was determined to prove Job as a fake. So, he had a talk with God and suggested that if God took everything Job had, Job would curse Him.
God removed the hedge from around Job and permitted Satan to take everything Job had. Satan sifted Job’s faith in God as wheat. And Job lost everything, including his children. But Jobs faith never wavered. In all his suffering and sorrow, Job didn’t sin, neither did he curse God. He justified God’s confidence in him.
In the end, God would restore Job and doubled his prosperity.
Biblical history proves that God often uses hardship to test His chosen. But sometimes it is difficult for Christians to tell whether their trial is a test from God.
Aside from the hardships that come naturally on your Christian journey, there are also more than a few tricky situations that God uses to test your commitment and resiliency. Hence, as you navigate this narrow path, it is important that you understand that not every trial you face is designed to destroy you. The Bible says, ..” the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes each one he accepts as his child.” (Hebrews 12:6).
For example, Job 1: 1-3 states, “There once was a man named Job, who lived in the land of Uz. He was blameless—a man of complete integrity. He feared God and stayed away from evil. He had seven sons and three daughters. He owned 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 teams of oxen, and 500 female donkeys. He also had many servants. He was, in fact, the richest person in that entire area.”
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Still yet, God allows Satan to visit terrible trials upon Job to test him. And in a short period, Job’s lost all his livestock, then a desert wind blows down his house, killing all of his ten children. And when Job keeps his faith in God, Satan double down and afflicts him with painful sores all over his body. Unable to help her husband, Job’s wife urges him to curse God and die. Instead, Job stays true to his commitment to God.
And in the end, “the Lord restored Job’s losses when he prayed for his friends. Indeed the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before” ( Job 42:10)…He lived for another 140 years.
Of course God tests His chosen! There is a mountain of Biblical evidence that God often useshardship to test His chosen. Moreover, quiteoftenthosetestsresemblethetrialsandtribulationthedevilplace upon you.
So, aside from thehardships that comenaturally on your Christian journey, there are alsomore than a fewdifficultsituationsthat God uses to test your commitmentand resiliency. Therefore, as younavigatethisnarrowpath, it is of paramountimportancethatyouunderstandthat not everytrialyouface is design to destroyyou. The Bible says, ..”the Lord disciplinesthoseheloves, andhepunisheseach one heaccepts as his child.” (Hebrews 12:6).
Forexample, Job 1: 1-3 states, “There oncewas a mannamed Job, wholived in theland of Uz. Hewas blameless—a man of completeintegrity. Hefeared God andstayedaway from evil. Hehad seven sonsand three daughters. Heowned 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 teams of oxen, and 500 femaledonkeys. Healsohadmanyservants. Hewas, in fact, therichestperson in thatentirearea.”
Stillyet, God allows Satan to visitterribletrials upon Job to test him. And in a shortperiod, Job lostall his livestock. Then a desertwindblows down his house, killingall of his ten children. Andwhen Job did not falter, Satan doubledownandafflicts him with painfulsoresall over his body. Unable to help her husband, Job’s wifeurges him to curse God anddie. However, Job staystrue to his commitment to God.
And in theend, “theLORDrestored Job’s losseswhenheprayedfor his friends. IndeedtheLORDgave Job twice as much as hehad before” ( Job 42:10)…Helivedforanother 140 years.