You know people of God, after reading the book of Job I have come to learn many things. The main thing I have learned is that we should really Thank the Lord our God for trials ! James 1:2 says “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials“. You see, the book of Job starts by telling us that “There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was BLAMELESS and UPRIGHT, and one who FEARED GOD and SHUNNED EVIL.” (Job 1:1). God used Job as an example of shining example of virtue this is seen in Job 1:8 which states “Having you considered my servant Job?” God asks Satan. “There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.” It is clear to me that after this incident, God soon allows Satan to afflict Job, not because he was sinful or anything of that nature but because Job was among the best of the people that served God on earth. Job was afflicted because he was God’s true servant and God knew that regardless of what may come to Job, he would still be blameless, upright and God fearing. Job went through a lot things. His cattle, sheep and oxen were burnt up by fire (Job 1:16). All his children were killed (Job 1:18-19). He contracted painful sores from head to toe (Job 2:7-8).
At some point Job started to think that God was punishing him for something. He got angry at God and asked God why he was afflicting him (Job 7:20). In this way one should not mistake Job’s discouragement for disbelief in God existence or losing trust in God. Job states “Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him,” (Job 13:15) and “I know that my Redeemer lives” (Job 19:25). People of God we have to realise that trials no matter how vicious they may be come for a reason. A trial can be defined as a test, and there is no testimony without a test. You have to face a test and overcome it to have a testimony. 1 Peter 1:6-7 states that “In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire may result in praise, glory and honour when Jesus Christ is revealed.” In this way one could say that by facing trials, and overcoming them, God brings us from glory to glory. By facing your trials and overcoming it, you step into a different level of faith. This is how faith grows. The word of God says that faith without works is dead. It’s just like muscles. You exercise your muscles for them to get bigger, through your muscle gain you eventually have to lift weights which are larger and heavier. Through this your muscles get larger and stronger. Faith grows in the same way. At first you start with small trials (for example to some missing the bus and being late for work when you have a boss that may shout at you is a trial) then eventually the larger trials ( for example someone close to you may get seriously ill). Through this your faith as a child of God grows more and more. In this way brothers and sisters I urge you to Praise God regardless of what trial you are going through because through this God is bringing you closer and closer to him and your faith and trust in him are increasing.