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Friday, January 20, 2012

Restless Nights

Job 5:1 thru Job 7:21

Aren’t you beginning to feel the depth of the pain in Job’s life right now?

It is so consuming for him that in chapter 6 and verse 4 he says, Lying in bed , I think, ‘When will it be morning?’  But the night drags on, and I toss till dawn.

Have you ever had a night like that where your mind is just bombarded with questions, concerns, anger or worry; sleepless nights where you just pray for daylight to come?

This is where we see Job today but we are going to gain so many truths from his life and struggles.

After yesterday and today's readings I hope you are seeing that Job’s trial, and every trial of ours for that matter, has two purposes in operation: Satan’s and God’s.

Satan’s purpose here was to use the pain of Job’s illness to make him physically and mentally weak. Next, he wanted to use his friends to try and convince him he must have sinned and is deserving of his predicament. Lastly, he wants to use the silence of God to assault his spirit and to break his faith.

But God’s purposes are to teach Job some truths that he may have never learned otherwise, to deepen Job’s trust and faith in God and to provide an example for all who suffer through the ages that God is always in control of everything.

My friends, the purpose for suffering is not always punishment. The purpose for our trials is never because God wants to deny blessing and grace. Sometimes it’s to give us a real experience of God, who He is and what He’s like. 

His purpose is to lead us to endurance and stronger faith and trust in Him.  And, when all is said and done, ALL will see that God, He is the Lord and He was, is, and will forever be in control of every situation in our life.

But there might be a few restless nights in between.

Don’t resist God.

Rest in God.

Job does not see this yet, but... 

God is in control.

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