A Blessing or a Curse?

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The Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job? For there is no one like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, fearing God and turning away from evil.” – Job 1:8

I often think of Job. Go back and read Job. Meditate on Job. He was a fellow sufferer, much more so than I have ever suffered.

The above verse always pricked my temper just a bit. I mean, really Lord? Did you have to go and throw the man under the bus like that? Poor Job’s just minding his own Godly business and God’s up there bringing him to the attention of the evil one!

But let me share with you something God has shared with me recently.

Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. – James 1:12

We persevere under trial, don’t we? Every day.

We turn to God and do our best to show Jesus even when our way is dark and difficult.

In light of this, “Have you considered my servant?” sounds an awful lot like, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’ – Matthew 25:21

Precious Lord, help me never to forget that You already know all of my days. You know all of my answers, reactions and moods. Thank you for trusting me with this suffering. Please grant that it can showcase You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen…

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2 Comments on “A Blessing or a Curse?

  1. For the JOY set before Him, Christ endured the cross is a verse I often contemplate.
    It is for the crowns set before us and an eternity in His wonderful Presence, that we endure, knowing that one day it will all have proved worthwhile.
    A verse I read yesterday seemed to be a very good one for us both dear Shelly:
    The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. HE will take GREAT DELIGHT in you; in His love He will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing. Zeph 3.17.
    I am not as brave as you- your prayer brings delight to the Lord, and I ask Him that I might be brave enough to pray these words along with you: Thank you for trusting me with this suffering. Please grant that it can showcase You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen…

    • Oh, Mary, I am so far from brave. He gives me each thing I need, at the moment I need it. Heart Hugs, Shelly <3

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