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In Times of Trial and Testing
written by: Susan McCreadie
From: Scotland, UK
As we come to study the book of Job, we see how a man who has everything, who is a man of God with unshakeable faith, endures such a devastating period of testing and suffering in the face of the supreme sovereignty of God. God had virtually given Satan free will to do what he wanted to Job and as we hear of all he went through, how many of us would have withstood such a devastating test and still come through with a faith that endures? We all face many times of trial and adversity in our lives when we don’t understand why these things are happening to us, why God seems to abandon us or put us through such testing. Many turn to Scripture, particularly the Psalms for solace in times of distress and I have personally experienced great comfort from reading through them and using them as prayers when prayer is hard.
The book of Psalms has been described as a collection of songs and prayers that express the heart and soul of humanity. In them, the whole range of human emotions and experiences are exposed as David and the other psalmists honestly pour out their true feelings to God, demonstrating a deeply powerful and life changing relationship with Him. It is often in our own pain, hurt and anguish that we turn to the Psalms for help and as we read them, we see that, throughout the writers’ expressions of sin, fears, doubts, anger and despair, there is an everlasting hope, trust and faith that God will prevail and bring them through their trials to glory. We see them, by the power of God’s everlasting love and forgiveness, rise to the heights of joy to praise and worship Him, rejoicing in times of celebration.
As we hear Job’s story, I ask myself - do WE have such a strong foundation of faith? Are we rooted in love and filled with His Holy Spirit? Can we come before God in complete honesty and trust and know, if we were brought to our knees, with nothing left, He would be all that we needed? As our creator and Sovereign, nothing about us is hidden from Him. Despite knowing all our sins, imperfections and unworthiness, God chose to give His only son to die on the cross for us, not because we deserved it, but because of His immense love for us. And what a love! We cannot imagine how much God loves us and His love is greater than anything we will ever face in our lives. No matter how many times we turn from God, or try to run from Him, we cannot escape His divine Majesty and Love for He is with us and within us always. Through His gifting of the Holy Spirit, the Power that is in the Risen Christ, that is IN GOD HIMSELF, filled US and we can stand fearless with that Power and love in our hearts. Let us give thanks to God as we put our hands in His and continue to discover God’s grace together on this, our spiritual journey of hope, faith and growth in our personal relationships with Him.
There's this guy who had been lost and walking in the desert for about 2 weeks. One hot day, he sees the home of a missionary. Tired and weak, he crawls up to the house and collapses on the doorstep. The missionary finds him and nurses him back to health. Feeling better, the man asks the missionary for directions to the nearest town. On his way out the backdoor, he sees this horse. He goes back into the house and asks the missionary, "Could I borrow your horse and give it back when I reach the town?"
The missionary says, "Sure but there is a special thing about this horse. You have to say 'Thank God' to make it go and 'Amen' to make it stop."
Not paying much attention, the man says, "Sure, ok."
So he gets on the horse and says, "Thank God" and the horse starts walking. Then he says, "Thank God, thank God," and the horse starts trotting. Feeling really brave, the man says, "Thank God, thank God, thank God, thank God, thank God" and the horse just takes off. Pretty soon he sees this cliff coming up and he's doing everything he can to make the horse stop.
"Whoa, stop, hold on!!!!"
Finally he remembers, "Amen!!"
The horse stops 4 inches from the cliff. Then the man leans back in the saddle and says, "Thank God."
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