Vital signs- Thursday, June 23rd, 2022


“And he said: ‘Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return there. The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.’”

(Job 1:21)

 

You can have faith and calamity at the same time. Faith does not mean you are always going to escape. Faith is not receiving from God what you want; faith is accepting from God what He gives. Now the question is this: can you trust God when you are submerged in suffering? Perhaps you’re so sick and shut in that you can’t even get out of the house, and the only way that you can worship is through television or the computer. Can you say with Job today, “Though he slay me, yet will I trust Him” (Job 13:15)? If you can, you will shut the devil’s mouth.

The devil thinks, “Let those Christians have a little trouble, let them have some persecution, let them have some bankruptcy. Let one of their children die, let them have some greedy maladies that consume their bodies. Let them have those kinds of troubles, and let people blame them for doing wrong when they haven’t done anything in the world wrong. They’ll curse God.” But Job said, “I’m not going to curse Him; I’m going to praise Him.” Job said, “The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; Blessed be the name of the LORD.”

• When have you faced suffering and your faith grew?

• How are we encouraged to hold onto the Lord in times of suffering?

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