THE BIBLE TELLS OF JOB’S DISASTERS Do you fear the future?

A Christian friend of mine that I have known for 35 years had accumulated wealth. His wife was a CEO for a corporation and they seemed to have everything. Their children were doing well and they seemed to have had every need one could want, met. He confided in me that he feared having a Job experience. It seemed to be on his mind too often. Let me give you some background on the Bible’s story of Job.

Satan came before God and claimed Job trusted God only because of the wealth God had allowed him to have. God allowed Satan to test Job by destroying his children, all of his livestock, his servants and his home. He then was covered with painful sores. His wife advised him to curse God and die (Job 2:9).

God allowed Job to be tested because He knew what Job would do but, Satan didn’t. Job had a life of prestige, was extremely wealthy and was a community leader. He had it all. He was a devoted worshipper of God and God had prospered him enormously. However, Satan caused him to fall from great riches to becoming penniless. In addition, he suffered great physical pain as Satan was trying to prove to God that people only worship Him because of God’s many blessings and prosperity.

When nothing remained for Job, he had a conversation with God. Job’s love of God never wavered through it all. He developed an even greater relationship with God. Job’s story, at that time in history, people believed that good people prospered so what sin had Job committed? If this were true, everyone would want to become a Christian and Satan’s belief would be correct. People worshipped God to become properous and for His blessings.

My friend kept thinking: could Job’s experience happen to him? Would God put him to a test to see if he could remain true? He kind of feared the future with everything that his family had achieved. My thought is: you have never read the end of the story. Job’s story ends with God blessing him with more wealth that he originally had. He also had seven sons and three daughters. His daughters were extremely beautiful young women. Job lived another 140 years in good health and saw his family to the fourth generation.

We read forty-one chapters about all of Job’s problems and suffering and this is what we remember. However, the last four verses of chapter forty-two tell us of God’s unbelievable blessings. Isn’t the future and the last four verses what we should be most concerned? How much pain and suffering are you willing to take, knowing that God will reward and bless you according to your trust and faith through it all?

In my daily prayers and meditation I have wondered if God would likewise test me as He did Job. For a number of years my wife has had dementia. December 2012, she fell and fractured her hip. Pins were used to help heal. For the past few months she has been in constant pain. We have tried physical therapy and acupuncture that did not help. She is on continual pain medication waiting for surgery that seems to taken forever to schedule. It is easy to question God and ask why? However, millions of individuals go through some very trying times. Do we concentrate on the present problem or how will God bless us, (if we are a Christian), in the future by staying dedicated and committed? I wonder: if this had happen to me, how would I handle it?

God’s compensating blessing may or may not occur while we are alive but there will be rewards here or in heaven. So the moral to the story is no matter what you have to endure while on earth, if you are a Christ follower living a holy life, God has a blessing or a reward waiting for you. If not now, then in heaven! Possibly if it is later, in heaven, the blessing will be even greater.

While enduring problems or pain think of Job’s story and your future. God knows what you are going through and a loving God cares and knows when and how He will bless you. We should try and dwell on what God has planned for our future and not the pain and suffering that is occurring.

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