Staying Strong through Suffering

Ericka Loynes

Read: Job 1:6-22; 42:10-16

And he said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.” In all this Job did not sin or charge God with wrong. (1:21-22)

Don’t we feel good when people brag about us? One of my former pastors used to say that he hopes God never brags about him. Why? Because when God brags about us, Satan is ready to prove him wrong. And, soon, we may not feel so good.

That’s what happened when God bragged about Job. Satan essentially made a bet with God, and God accepted it. God was completely confident that the odds were in his favor, so he gave Satan lots of latitude with Job’s life. Job loses everything. People are not saying very nice things, so he’s not feeling so good. In this bragging scenario, we must remember Satan’s intentions. He proposes that Job will become weak from all of the suffering and walk away from God. But Job blessed God instead.

If we wake up tomorrow to insufferable trials, how would we respond? Are we easily shaken, or can we stand strong in God and still bless him? God is not testing us to win a bet. He is not playing with our lives for fun. In the midst of pain and suffering, we must try to remember that our trials come to make us stronger (James 1:2-4). —Ericka Loynes

Prayer: God, you know suffering and pain all too well. Remind us that you are our true comfort and strength.