God has plans for us and sometimes those plans take us through places to test us, try us, fortify us, and prepare us to stand for God and witness for His glory and His glory alone.
It doesn’t matter where you might find yourself right now – about to give up, give in, give out – you are in a test that is designed just for you and you must look within to pass the test.
Job was a man who was blameless and of complete integrity. J
ob feared God and stayed away from evil.
He had seven sons and three daughters.
He owned many animals, employed many servants and the Bible says he was, in fact, the richest person in the entire area.
One day, Job’s test came.
Better still, his series of tests began—one thing after another… no light at the end of the tunnel.
Have you ever felt like that?.
I’m talking about, day in and day out of no breaks, no easing up, and no rest for the weary. Well, there is a light, but it’s attached to the front of a train.
We need to understand that God desires to move us through these times not just so we can say look at what I’ve come through, look at me I’m tough, I can handle it, I can take it.
God brings us through so that He alone can get the glory.
Satan told the Lord, “I have been going back and forth across the earth, watching everything that’s going on.”
In Job 1: 8, God asked Satan, “Have you noticed my servant Job?”
This struck me because the devil always notices somebody living for the Lord.
But here’s the good news: while the devil is watching God’s people, God is watching the devil.
God said, “Have you noticed my servant Job?.
He is the finest man in all the earth – a man of complete integrity.
He fears God and will have nothing to do with evil.”
As Job continued through his tests, he had to contend with his friends, his wife, and his own emotions.
But through it all, he never let go of God.
Job talked to God.
Job talked to his friends.
Job talked to himself.
But he allowed himself to continue to believe in, trust in, and live in God.
So the Lord blessed Job in the second half of his life with even more than in the beginning.
It’s easy to praise and worship God when every question is answered and everything is going your way.
It’s easy to praise and worship God when you’re in good health, you have a job, and there’s money in the bank.
But when we find ourselves in the valley of the shadow of death, when we find ourselves wandering in the wilderness with no water, we must not lose our faith in God.
Just know that it’s a test that only you can handle.
It’s through the test that your latter will be greater than your former.
It’s through the test that we receive a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.
It was in the test that Jesus made it possible for you and for me to have life and have it more abundantly.
Scripture Of The Day: “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord. ‘They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'” – Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT)
By Dr. Marvin Moss.