Afflictions make us Stronger

Job 2:9-11 (NASB)
9 Then his wife said to him, “Do you still hold fast your integrity? Curse God and die!” 10 But he said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God and not accept adversity?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips.

I was reflecting upon Job and it’s amazing that he was able to go through what he did and come out stronger. When you think about it, we worry when several areas in our life are under affliction. When our pocket book is not doing well, we worry. When our loved ones are in danger, we worry. When our health is attacked, we worry. Well for Job who the Bible recognizes as a wealthy man, all three areas were hit simultaneously. He lost all his property, he lost all his children and he lost his great health but yet the bible says that in this entire trial Job did not sin nor did he blame God.

Trials are designed to make you stronger, even at the gym, they will tell you that it is through resistance that we gain strength. The issue arises when we forget who we are and whom we have believed in. Job knew and understood the God that he was serving and he trusted that no matter how bleak things looked in the natural, God would not allow anything to come his way that would destroy him.

Where is your focus when you are going through a trial? Do you focus on the trial or do you focus on the God you serve and the end result that the trial will produce in your life? If you focus on the trial you will become discouraged and most likely you will complain and lament, you will find someone to blame and you will end up miserable. It is interesting to note that the bible would point out that in all this Job did not sin with his lips.

Do you really trust in God? Do you believe that He would not allow anything to come your way that will destroy you? Are you able to focus on Him though you lose your family, your property and even your health and the person who is supposed to encourage you though it all tells you to curse God and die? If Job did it, you and I are also able to do it because God is with us in all situations.

Remember all things work together for good….
Job 42:12
12 The LORD blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning; and he had 14,000 sheep and 6,000 camels and 1,000 yoke of oxen and 1,000 female donkeys. 13 He had seven sons and three daughters.