July 18, 2011 § 1 Comment
8 Then the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.”
9 “Does Job fear God for nothing?” Satan replied. 10 “Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land. 11 But now stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face.” 12 The LORD said to Satan, “Very well, then, everything he has is in your power, but on the man himself do not lay a finger.” -Job 1:9-12
Have you ever considered that the person that God was most pleased with in the bible was the same person that is known throughout the entire book of the bible for going through the most pain?
Throughout our life, we constantly have to face pain: family struggles, financial endings, body image, death, and many other tragedies.
Understand this: Don’t ever think that you aren’t a good christian because you are going through a difficult time. Sometimes Gods greatest people go through the lowest of lows. Before God can raise you up higher, He has to humble you lower.
Sometimes our most painful experiences are our greatest gifts in life. Think about the pain you faced, concentrate on it hard…What did you learn through it? Probably at a lot. See, we think that we would have been better off if we never had to go through that circumstance, we tend to blame our behavior of today because of the tragedy of yesterday.
We look for something or someone to blame for the reason we had to go through that painful time, fully removing our own self from what happened. Sometimes we even try to connect our way of life to why God might be punishing us, but He doesn’t work like that.
God isn’t out to get you, yet He is a purposeful planner– allowing you to go through anything and everything to get your attention and give you knowledge. I bet if you asked Job what He learned through his experience, he would be grateful for the wisdom and knowledge he gained.
Often times than not, God uses painful times as a messenger- allowing you to go through something difficult to allow you to be able to relate to others later in life. How else can you relate to the broken hearted if you heart wasn’t broken before?
You were created for more. There is a purpose in everything- even pain. God has you in His hand and He’s never going to allow you to go through something that He knows He can’t bring you out of better than you were before- in His eyes, not your definition of “better”