Wednesday, February 20, 2013

When Trouble Brings Triumph (Featured Devotion)

Day 27


When Trouble Brings Triumph

Job 2:10

…Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?  In all this Job did not sin with his lips.

Our tendency to remember the bad and forget the good is evidenced in the life of Job.  His name has become synonymous with trials.  But perhaps we need to focus on the triumph Job experienced through his trials.

Job valued four things in his life: faith, family, fortune, and friends.  Satan tried to extinguish them all, hoping Job would curse God.  Instead, we find a grieving Job responding to the greatness of God, reflecting on the goodness of God, and refusing to assign guilt to God.  Instead of Job, Satan might have been the one cursing!  Job kept his integrity intact.  God was enough for him---with or without the other things he valued.

Do you bless God when you don’t understand what He’s doing in your life?  Job models for us the kind of believer who trusts God in the mist of severe and unexplainable circumstances.  Job expressed his grief to God, and God wants to hear the cries of our hearts too.  But let’s remember Job for the triumph he experienced through his testing---he remained guiltless before God.  Open your eyes today to the absolute, all-sufficiency of Almighty God.  He is enough!

Recommended Reading: Job1:1-22


He who has God and everything else has no more than he who has God only.

C. S. Lewis

From: “Turning Points” Magazine and Devotional
Turning Points