Monday, October 3, 2011

A Life Like Job's

I’ve recently read the first few chapters of Job. He was a good man. A wealthy man. And seemed to have it all figured out. As I continued to read I became intrigued at the insight revealed in the relationship between the Lord and Satan. As a Christian I often put the Lord and the Enemy on different sides and rightfully so, but I don’t believe I’ve ever thought about them communicating. Does Satan often petition God to torment his children? Does the Heavenly Father give permission so willingly? It’s a concept I can’t explain or understand. But I do know one thing. The Lord limits Satan’s power.
And I am comforted by this. It reminds me that no matter what Satan has planned for me, the Lord is still in control. Satan may be the prince of this world, but the world is full of God’s children. And I truly believe He doesn’t want harm to come to any of them. But I also know the Lord is certain I will be stronger from the trials I undergo. And so He doesn't give me more than I can handle.
Because with Him, all things are possible.
In many ways I am like Job. I have become angry with God. Questioned Him. I have asked Him why I was born and even asked Him to take my life. But now that I've I read through the entire book of Job I have learned that because of Job’s perseverance and faithfulness to the Lord, he was rewarded in the end. He even ended up better than he’d started out! So even though the road is tough I encourage you to push through the pain and persevere. And hold out to the end because the best is yet to come.

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