Yesterday I attended my first youth group meeting and listened to a message that caught my attention immediately. It was about trusting God in the face of trials and tests. I want to share with you guys what I learned from it.
Job in the Bible was a great guy. Rich. Loved God with his whole heart. But one day Satan came up to God and said “Look at Job and how great he is. But take away all he has and he will surely curse you to your face.”
So God said “OK. You can take away all he has but don’t lay hands on him.” Imagine that!” So Job’s family dies and he loses all his livestock. Then God tells Satan he can harm Job, but do not kill him.
So Satan gives Job terrible boils from head to toe. But in all of the trials and tests he faced he still praised God with his whole heart. And in the end, the Bible says that God gave Job SEVEN Times what he had before!
What can we learn from Job? Job trusted God throughout all the trials and tests he faced. That’s pretty sweet if you think about it. So why can’t we do the same?
7 Things We Can Learn From Job
- God knows. He knows when we face tests and when bad things happen in our lives. Like my writers block. He knows.
- God limits the trial. He told Satan that he couldn’t kill Job.
- Seek growth, not revenge. We shouldn’t be out to get God because of what we are going through. He knows what he’s doing.
- The ‘why’ often proves allusive. It doesn’t matter. There are many ‘why’s’ we will probably never know. But it really doesn’t matter.
- Trust in the face of anguish. This is the theme of the whole post. God will take care of us. He knows what we are going through and he won’t forsake us. (Hebrews 13:5)
- Life isn’t fair. Simple as that.
- We emerge when we learn what God’s teaching us.
God is with us when we face trials. He is. He is always with us. But we have to keep that in mind. And God has his reasons for our trials.
Maybe he’s trying to get our attention and we are simply ignoring him. The one thing you can do is pray to him to help you.
Remember: God’s got your back. He won’t leave you.
(This post is a summary from my youth pastor’s lesson).
In HIS Joy,
Gabriella J. Slade
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