Wednesday, August 28, 2013

WHAT IS GAINED FROM PAIN?

I have been mulling over and processing all that has transpired the past few days.  I have come to the conclusion of one VERY IMPORTANT thing-----Yes I am once again in pain---yes at the moment the world looks bleak---BUT I am reminded that Satan attacks those primary targets who are doing an effective work for the Glory of God.

Remembering my old friend Job,  God allowed Satan to attack him for a very good reason and for the ultimate good of Job.  Did that take away the fact that he lost EVERYTHING--his wife, his children, all his wealth, and even his good health---NO--they were FOREVER gone---BUT Job came out on the other side of all that pain  with a deeper and better understanding of WHO GOD IS!  When we read Job, we are told that Job was a man who was blameless and upright; and he feared God and shunned evil.  This is the reason Satan attacked him--he was God's man and following the mandates of His Father.  As Beth reminded us this weekend, Satan was not interested in killing Job---only using him to further his agenda.  Through it all---more than I can imagine bearing---Job remained God's man and God revealed Himself to Job in a deep-deep way.  He came out on the other side of Satan's attack with God blessing him in the last years of his life, even more than the first.

SO I am rejoicing that Satan feels threatened by my witness and God's use of me!  He is attacking me--God is allowing that attack, BUT HE HAS MY BACK.  "Though he slay me, yet I will hope in Him." Job 13:15  "If I perish, I perish." Esther 4:16  No matter what is thrown at me--what I lose, the depth of my pain--I have the promise of eternity and the deep-deep love of the Father to sustain me.  "Weeping may tarry for the night, BUT joy comes with the morning."  Psalm 30:5.




"But those who suffer he delivers in their suffering;
He speaks to them in their afflictions.
He is wooing you from the jaws of distress-"
Job 36:15-16

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