Job was a wealthy, upright, God-fearing man who experienced extreme hardship and calamity in his life.  All his livestock was stolen or destroyed, his ten children died and he developed painful sores – all through no fault or failing on his behalf. His reaction was commendable – he didn’t accuse God of mistreatment, instead he said, “Even if He kills me I will trust Him” (Job 1:22, 13:15).  He said, “I’ll come out better because of it” (Job 23:10). Paul experienced extreme hardship too, yet maintained his faith and wanted all glory to be directed to God (2 Cor 4:7-9, 11:23-31).  What is my response to hardship? Do I have a right heart attitude towards the Lord and those who are causing me this adversity? We are to praise Him and bless them (1 Pet 3:9).

Christianity is not an insurance policy to protect from life’s hardships.  In fact, rigorous training prepares us for what God has planned (Act 14:22; Heb 12:5-11; Jas 1:2-4; 1 Pet 1:6,7). God permits us to experience suffering to prove our faith is genuine and to enable us to show empathy and provide

  Hold tightly onto Jesus who is always                                    with you – Hebrews 13:5

comfort to others (2 Cor 1:3-11, 6:4-10). In this world we will have trouble, so focus on Jesus and endure hardship (Jn 16:33; 2 Tim 4:5; Heb 12:2). Commit your way to the Lord, believe He is outworking, in and through you, what is best and maintain a thankful attitude (Prov 3:5,6; Rom 8:28; Phil 1:12-14; 1 Thes 5:16-18).

See also: empathy, Job, persecution, self-pity, suffering, test/testing, trials, troubles.

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