Trials are blessings
I find Job's story interesting. Job believed and worshipped God with all his heart and stayed firm in his faith, even in the midst of a difficult situation: his health and prosperity taken away from him, progressively for no apparent reason. He was tempted to lose faith, through his loss and his friends' disbelief so present. Yet 'til the end, in spite of his doubts, he prayed and served, firm in his belief that God existed, as a good god. I also find this story easy to relate to and apply to real-life: haven't we all, at some point, felt similar doubts and discouragement, or even anger, sadness and frustration, when faced with adversities?
But God, through the book of Job, wants to tell us something: it is often in the worst adversity that we find the exceptional strength in him we need; to overcome things and move on to a higher level in our walk with Christ. Many trials can happen in one life, but comes a day when we finally stand strong in our faith and hold firmly to what we know about God's character, teachings and promises. On that day, we may come to see things differently: how we can surrender to God, let him use trials and turn them into blessings. God shows many wrongs in the way Job reacted, visible through his praying: trying to understand what he couldn't, for example, something that we all do. Though in spite of Job's attitude at times, God saw a good servant in him and, in the end, blessed him greatly: making him twice as healthy as he had been in the beginning, simply for trusting and believing.
Fired from a stressful job a while ago, I struggled big time to get back on my feet. But now, looking back, this firing turned out to be one of the best things happening to me, leading to a great turning point: a more serious and deeper focus on my gifts from Christ and who God is, trusting him, about his plan for me on this earth. This year, after a long-time struggle in finding a nice workplace and church environment, he finally sent me to places where I feel, right now, more or less at home. For getting through many trials, good and faithful, he has rewarded me lately with many blessings; giving me strength and regular peeks into what I am to be and my gifts to use for his glory. None of the things I'm doing now would be happening right now, if it hadn't been for this firing, back in November 2008. God allowed this firing to happen, for me to get closer and focus more on him, to grow and learn how I can represent him for others who don't, to see him. I managed, with time, to turn this trial - that seemed like a failure more than anything else, at the time - into something positive.
My point here is: that we all go through hard times, with moments of feeling bitter, unsure, doubtful; even angry at God, for various reasons. But we have to remember God's message through Job's story: that we worship him for who he is, applying his teachings and reminding ourselves of his promises; and not just because we would only be given blessings.
For trials too are blessings!
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