Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Warrior Wednesdays: How Do You Handle Suffering? 

Job 3, at this point Job had lost almost his entire family, he was experiencing intense pain, his wife told him to curse God, and his friends were telling him he was the reason for this extreme suffering. Therefore, it is understandable why Job's response to this situation was entirely different then the first. Job did not curse God, but instead cursed the day he was born saying it would have been better for him not to have been born.

Job's affliction became a defining moment for him demolishing many misconceptions people have about God (such as he will always keep you from trouble, you will always be in good health, or that no harm will come to you or your family.) Job had to determine his identity and faith in God.  He was left with two choices
1. He could curse God and die
2. He could trust God despite his situation and rely on God's strength to overcome. "We are overcomers by our testimony"

All principles by which Job had lived were deteriorating and he began to lose his objectivity. Tribulation and adversity, whether short lived or long term, do not shatter the true meaning of life. Life is not simply for our happiness and personal pleasure, but for us to serve and honor God. The worth and purpose of life is not based on how we feel, but on the truth. No one can take away God's love for us. We should not assume that because God loves us he will always prevent pain. Sometimes the opposite may be true. God's love can not be measured or limited by how great or how little we may suffer. It is important to remember that nothing can seperat use from the love of God Romans 8:38- 39. ( Tyndale,  Life Application Bible)

Stay Blessed and Continue Warring for Christ!
Warrior Wednesday: Brittney

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