Today’s exhortation – Never in vain
When we’re struck by a tragedy like losing a spouse or a child, we can assume that it’s our fault due to something we did wrong or payback for some evil from the past or maybe we didn’t pray hard enough. But, what doesn’t get considered often is that it might’ve nothing to do with us because there are things happening in the heavens that are bigger than us. We could’ve been blameless in all our ways and tragedy would’ve still occurred. If we look at Job, God said “he is a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil.” (Job 2:3). The bible also says that Job prayed and offered sacrifices to God for his children everyday and yet in one day, they all died.
To add to that, he lost everything he had! Why did this happen to a blameless man? Because Satan incited The Lord against Job to destroy him without cause. (Job 2:3). But, although Satan meant it for evil God allowed it for his good. Job’s afflictions were a means through which God will bless him with a double portion blessing. Even God when He came on earth as a Man as Jesus who was perfect in all His ways and without sin, wasn’t exempted from suffering. Ultimately, suffering is never in vain! For the joy that was set before Him, Christ endured the cross! Likewise Job received a double portion of all he lost and his joy was full!