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Church Message
When Trials and Troubles Abound, Put Your Trust in God
By Pastor Stuppy

Church sponsors2 24apr14Church message imageThere are some expressions from Scripture that have become so well known that even those who don't read or know much about the Bible are familiar with them. "Spare the rod, spoil the child." "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." "Am I my brother's keeper?" "the truth shall set you free." "Judge not, lest ye be judged."

Another, not so much a phrase but an event, is the reference made to the patience of Job. It's not uncommon to hear someone say, "He has the patience of Job." They use this term to describe someone who is faced with severe trials in their life, and endures them without complaint. Most people know something about Job even though they have never read his story. What many don't know is that Job eventually lost his patience with God.

If you recall, Job is described as a man who "was blameless and upright, feared God and shunned evil."He was close to God. He was also richly blessed by God. He had ten children and many possessions. He was a wealthy man.

We are told that within the space of a day he lost it all. His children were killed in a storm. All his possessions were stolen. Shortly after that, he lost his health, was covered with boils and sores from head to foot. Yet, Job did not curse God. Job's response was simple and beautiful - "The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord."

As time went on, however, Job's patience waned. Job's friends, who came to comfort him, were confident that he must have done something wrong. They said he should repent. Job insisted that he was innocent of wrong doing. He knew he was a sinner but had done nothing to anger God or deserve the disasters that had taken place in his life.

Over time, Job not only proclaimed his innocence, he demanded that God give him answers. Like many others, when faced with tragedy, he wanted to know why. He wanted, no demanded, that God give him an answer.

God's response begins in chapter 38 of Job. God asks "Who is this that darkens my counsel with words without knowledge" Where were you when I laid the earth's foundations? Tell me, if you understand. Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! For two chapters the Lord asks questions of Job. He makes it clear that Job was in no position to question God about anything. If you read the book of Job, you will see that God had plans for Job. In the end, Job repented of the challenges he placed before God and his lack of trust. God in turn blessed Job with more than he had before.

Let us learn from Job. When adversity strikes, when we lose our job, our health, our wealth, our loved one, let us not question God's wisdom or love. Let us trust him. When we look to the cross where God's Son was sacrificed for our sin, can there be any reason not to trust God? Put your trust in God - especially when trials and troubles abound.


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