Job’s Birthday


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The Thing I greatly feared has come upon me. Job 3:25

Death, divorce, and disease could be called the three D’s of misery. They slice through life like a tsunami of sorrow, raising doubts and destroying dreams.

Recently, a friend and I agreed that the previous year was one that we both would just as soon forget. Each of us had suffered one of the three.

Our conversation brought Job to mind. In a short period of time, he lost his children, his health, his wealth, and his wife’s respect. Job’s distress was so great that he pleaded, “May the day perish which I was born” (Job 3:3). Job wanted God to erase not just a year, but all memory of his existence! He had enjoyed years of success and respect, Now, he questioned the purpose of living (3:20).

Job wanted to die and be forgotten, but instead God made sure his name and story would be remembered forever. Rather than give Job what he asked for, God gave future generations what they would need, an inside look at the spiritual battle between God and Satan. The result is a God inspired document bout suffering that comforted countless people.

When what we fear actually happens, we know, thanks to Job, that God can use it for good. —Julie Ackerman Link

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate
And has shed His own blood for my soul. — Spafford

Our highest good may come from our deepest suffering.

Source: ODB Vol. 14

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