The hungry consume his harvest, taking it even from among thorns, and the thirsty pant after his wealth. For hardship does not spring from the soil, nor does trouble sprout from the ground. Yet man is born to trouble as surely as sparks fly upward. “But if I were you, I would appeal to God; I would lay my cause before him. He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted.”
Secure Even in Suffering
Job was a faithful believer who had a large family and many possessions that gave him great satisfaction in life. But Satan took it all away from him. He attacked Job so hard that he left him in a state of physical and spiritual anguish.
The odds are that we will never suffer the way Job did. Still, we can feel like our world is collapsing all around us. We can suffer through difficulties without a glimmer of happiness in sight. We may think, “I work so hard, and this is all the gratitude I get from people around me.” “Why can’t people at school appreciate me for who I am?” “Can I ever be really happy with my life?” The devil can take advantage of our most subtle doubts and lead us to wonder, “Does God really care about me?”
Don’t let Satan steal your confidence in who you are. Remember that you are God’s own child for whom he died. God loves you. He is the strength of life. He will provide exactly what you need, exactly when you need it. Because of Jesus, your identity is secure with God.
Dear Lord, strengthen me to face my trials with confidence in your wisdom and love, and thank you for making me your child through faith. Amen.