Have You Considered My Servant Job?
Many times life throws us a curveball. It seems to come out of nowhere, and it changes the course of our lives forever. How do we handle it? How do we prove faithful when an enormous trial comes our way? We can look to the life of Job.
Imagine for a moment that we are walking in Job’s shoes. We have been blessed beyond measure — a beautiful family, nice home, possessions — and God has placed a hedge of protection around us.
Along comes Satan. He notices us praising God for the blessed life we have, and he decides to have a talk with the Lord about us.
Hopefully, God is pleased enough to call us “blameless and upright.” Satan fires back, saying we have an unfair advantage, arguing that we may be righteous in the good times, but if our life was destroyed, then we would curse God to His face. God is confident in our faithfulness, so He gives Satan the green light to “hit us with his best shot” — without taking our life.
We know how the story goes for Job, but how does it go for us? None of us have ever had it quite as bad as Job, but we’ve all had trials. How have these trials affected us? Is our faith shaken? Can God look at us and say, “Have you considered my servant (our name)? Are we faithful in good times as well as bad? Do we become victims or victors?
The Forest Hills Branch recently lost two brothers, each leaving behind a wife and children. It was a huge blow to the entire congregation. The grief is beyond words, and many questions are left unanswered. I was personally able to find comfort through an experience a sister shared with me.
Her husband had been hospitalized, and an elder was called to anoint him. During his prayer, he was inspired to speak of Job, encouraging the brother to trust in the Lord because he was being “tested as Job.” The sister said she was just reading the book of Job that very day, and suddenly the Word of the Lord was given to the elder, “Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him.”
The experience brought tears to my eyes. I began asking myself if I could say, “Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him.” If I’m being honest, I would prefer to live without life’s trials, but I also know that Ether 12:16 teaches that we ”receive no witness until after the trial of your faith.”
I look back on my life and realize that my faith got stronger when I trusted God in the midst of life’s storms. Through recent sermons, Sunday school discussions, and Ladies' Circle lessons on the life of Job, I believe God has confirmed to me that Job set the example to be faithful in all things!
Conversion Stories for May
We're still looking for dreams and visions for April's Miracle Monday lineup, but our theme for May is going to be conversion testimonies — stories of how you or someone you know (ask their permission!) met the Lord and accepted Jesus Christ. Click here to share your history with us.
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