IN THE END
Job 1:20-22 Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped,
 And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.
 In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.
Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
Where do we turn when our lives are ripped apart and shattered without warning? How do we find peace and comfort when the pain or trial is crushing and the loss unbearable? Where do we find refuge when we are hopeless, and we feel as though we cannot bear it? In our text, Job had lost everything as pertaining to this life in one day, even his children, and yet he still worshipped the Lord! If we all place ourselves in this text, healing would seem an impossibility in the eyes of human reasoning for who could endure such a loss let alone recover from it. The Word of God tells us that not only did Job recover from this great trial, but the Lord gave him a more blessed life…IN THE END…than it was in the beginning. You and I can now glean from Job’s life in the workings of God and the promises of God when we will trust the Lord and worship HIM even when our lives change suddenly. Job did NOT have the promise from God that we have in (Romans 8:28), but his testimony and his character put this powerful Truth and God’s promise on display.
My Christian friend, it’s not in some things that God will work together for good, but HE will use “ALL“ things…that’s “ALL” things! Each trial and tragedy if left on its own is not good, but when it is taken and woven together by the Hand of God, it will find purpose and meaning when the Lord is finished. One isolated event or tragedy, when viewed by itself alone, may stand only as a monument and moment of undue pain and suffering. But take that same tragic event and weave into it all the events in our lives and this moment of suffering becomes an instrument of Praise and brings glory to God! As hard as it may be, we must remember that there is a greater purpose at work by the Hand and will of God! We must trust in the infinite wisdom of God, HIS supreme love for us, and the acceptable and PERFECT will of God for our lives. The Lord gave us HIS promise, we know that HE loves us more than we can comprehend and we know HE can NOT lie.
If you find yourself going through a trial or tragedy that you do not understand; just imagine for a moment if you knew how it all plays out….IN THE END. Just like Job, the Lord wants to bless us more than our feeble minds could ever imagine in this life and in eternity to come. Only God knows HIS intended purpose. All that HE asks of us is to TRUST HIM, believe HIS promises, and worship HIM and love HIM even in the trial. The Lord’s intended purpose is not to bring us pain or suffering, but to bring us closer to Jesus, so that Jesus would be revealed to others in our trials. Sometimes…God takes in order that HE might give. Sometimes…HE breaks us in order to make uswhole. HE may bring us through the valley that we may one day stand upon a mountain of victory. HE may lead us to the desertto give us living waters and HE may bring sickness so that HE may heal! I encourage you today, yield to God’s Hand…TRUST HIM and worship HIM, no matter the circumstance. Knowing…IN THE END…God’s way is always right!
Bro. Lawrence Longworth
Isaiah 61:1 “the opening of the prison to them that are bound;”