When tested, how do you react?
“Why me?” most people ask. It’s a question you can ask God. He promises wisdom if we ask and don’t doubt.
Job certainly asked,”why me?” Job was a man the devil was allowed to attack after his hedge of protection was removed.
Why did Job get attacked? God held Job in high esteem, pointing him out to Satan, “the dragon” in my story.
“Does Job fear God for nothing?” Satan replied, pointing out how God had blessed Job. “stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face,” Satan promised.
God then allowed Job to go into Satan’s power to be tested.
Job, although he questioned God, ultimately passed the test and God rewarded him. Unlike Job, Peter underwent testing and failed, but Jesus restored him, giving him another chance.
Like Peter, we are all to be tested, sifted like wheat.
“Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.” Luke 22:31 – 32 (NIV)
James, the brother of Jesus said, “consider it all joy whenever you face trials”
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. James 1:2-4
What would you feel if you gained fatherly wisdom from a trial, knowing the wisdom was from God? Would you feel joy knowing you had a purpose, knowing there was a reason for the trial?
In my book, you’ll see me asking God the reason for the trials that befell me, and you will read God’s answers. I hope it will encourage other people when they see how God answered.
Job said, “But He knows the way that I take; when He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold.” Job 23:10
Like the Book of Job, mine is a story of faith rewarded. I recommend my book to those who are struggling, who are being tested in various ways.