August 21

Job 1:1-3:26; 1 Corinthians 14:1-17; Psalm 37:12-29; Proverbs 21:25-26

Even though it does not seem like it, when challenges arise in our lives, we really can handle them. Job is the “poster child” for suffering and unfair tragedy. But when you look at the beginning of the story, you see some very important information.

First, God does not author the challenges that we face. The source of Job’s problems and calamities was satan (which means accuser). When troubles enter your life, please know that they are not being created by God. They are being brought by satan whose chief joy is to defeat you. The second great lesson we learn about Job’s story is that God has confidence in His children. God actually brags on Job’s faithfulness. He asks satan, “Have you noticed my servant Job?”

This is the tough truth. Regardless of how bad our circumstances are God knows that we can handle whatever the devil throws at us. There is strength on the inside of us that goes untapped except during the challenges that we face in life. Job learned more about himself, his friends and his Heavenly Father through everything he endured.

Don’t fight against God when you go through hardships. Instead of asking “why me?”, you should ask, “What now?” In other words, “because You know that I can handle this, what should my next step be?” If we ask questions like this, we will not lose hope or heart and quit. You will go through to the other side because if you are in it, God knows that you can handle it.

Tomorrow’s Reading: Job 4:1-7:21; 1 Corinthians 14:18-40; Psalm 37:30-40; Proverbs 21:27

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