Job 42:10-12 After Job had prayed for his friends, the LORD made him prosperous again and gave him twice as much as he had before. All his brothers and sisters and everyone who had known him before came and ate with him in his house. They comforted and consoled him over all the trouble the LORD had brought upon him, and each one gave him a piece of silver and a gold ring.
The LORD blessed the latter part of Job's life more than the first. . .
This topic is not such a popular one. We don't like to even think about suffering. But this is what the Lord led me to this morning for us to look at some this week. We begin with Job. Job was a righteous man according to the scriptures. And yet, he had to walk through a time of suffering. Some folks say that his fears brought on this suffering. They may have played a part in it. But regardless the reason, God chooses sometimes to allow us to walk through sufferings to perfect us in our lives. As Job walked through his time of suffering, he saw God in a greater way than he ever had before. And after he walked through this time, then came restoration, and to an even greater place than before. It all comes down to this: Do we trust God, even through suffering? Job continued to go to God. His friends gave him a hard time, and as a part of his restoration, Job was asked by God to pray for his friends. When we go through difficult times sometimes we may develop bitter attitudes toward others. Others may not understand what is happening in our lives (as well as our own selves). And folks mean well. They want to help us through our trials. But there are some roads we must walk alone. However, we are never really alone, for the Lord is always with us, and that is enough, isn't it? It may not feel great, but the more we lean on Him, the more we get to know Him and in the end, the suffering is a blessing to draw us to Him even more. And it is important to bless others even in our times of suffering. If we harbor unforgiveness and bitterness, then we won't experience the healing the Lord offers us.
Another New Testament fellow, Peter, was given similar instruction by the Lord. "Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers (Luke 22:31, 32)." What a blessing to know that Jesus Christ is ever interceding for us. . . "I have prayed for you," he says. We can make it with the prayers of Jesus!
And we can hold on to this promise from the Word also: And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28).
Thank you for your prayers for our California ministry this past week! We had a great time in the Lord! And I'm still getting my "clock" back onto East Coast time :) Pray for Kenny this week as he ministers at the Liberty Christian Fellowship/Maranatha Ministries Youth Camp in the Outer Banks of NC