Many of us are facing turbulent and challenging times. For Christians, many may feel as if they are going through their very own Job experience (Job chapter 1 & 2 link) , I for one am in the camp and it has not been a short episode.
Thankfully, there is a day of Gods restoration although sometimes it can take a while to get there, but Gods timing is best.
The scripture below are words that were spoken by Jesus and I hope and pray they may help you to at least get some understanding as to why you may be facing some of the current issues in your life.
John 12:24 (New International Version)
24I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.
The bible talks of dying to oneself and walking in the newness of life that Jesus has secured for us. The bible also speaks to us of bearing fruit in our lives as we continue to grow in our walk with the Lord.
As painful as your situation may be right now, maybe it is because you are going through the process of the scripture from John. You may be in that stage of ‘falling to the ground’ or ‘the dying (not natural) process’ in order to be restored and produce many seeds/fruits within your life.
God is a loving father who will (if we are willing) complete the work of transformation in us that he has begun:
Philippians 1:6 (Amplified Bible)
6And I am convinced and sure of this very thing, that He Who began a good work in you will continue until the day of Jesus Christ [right up to the time of His return], developing [that good work] and perfecting and bringing it to full completion in you.
So as we go through the death/Job stage of life, let us not lose hope, let us not cast away our trust and confidence in father God. I appeal to you to stop listening to the lies of the defeated enemy – Satan, who will continually whisper untruths to you about your situation and plant all types of negative thoughts in your mind (See 2 Corinthians 10 vs. 3 to 5) – and press on. Satan will try to get you to blame God or others for you situation; do not believe him. God will bring you through your current situation if you stick with him, as you are His child, whom He loves dearly.
Remember, Gods chastisement is alike a press that is used to produce fine wine or a fiery furnace that is used at extremely high temperatures to separate impurities in the refining of gold and silver. You are being refined and although the whole world is going through a shaking (see Hebrews 12 vs. 26 to 29), your own experience is to produce fruit in your life.
Hebrews 12:3-11 (Amplified Bible)
3Just think of Him Who endured from sinners such grievous opposition and bitter hostility against Himself [reckon up and consider it all in comparison with your trials], so that you may not grow weary or exhausted, losing heart and relaxing and fainting in your minds.
4You have not yet struggled and fought agonizingly against sin, nor have you yet resisted and withstood to the point of pouring out your [own] blood.
5And have you [completely] forgotten the divine word of appeal and encouragement in which you are reasoned with and addressed as sons? My son, do not think lightly or scorn to submit to the correction and discipline of the Lord, nor lose courage and give up and faint when you are reproved or corrected by Him;
6For the Lord corrects and disciplines everyone whom He loves, and He punishes, even scourges, every son whom He accepts and welcomes to His heart and cherishes.
7You must submit to and endure [correction] for discipline; God is dealing with you as with sons. For what son is there whom his father does not [thus] train and correct and discipline?
8Now if you are exempt from correction and left without discipline in which all [of God's children] share, then you are illegitimate offspring and not true sons [at all].(A)
9Moreover, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we yielded [to them] and respected [them for training us]. Shall we not much more cheerfully submit to the Father of spirits and so [truly] live?
10For [our earthly fathers] disciplined us for only a short period of time and chastised us as seemed proper and good to them; but He disciplines us for our certain good, that we may become sharers in His own holiness.
11For the time being no discipline brings joy, but seems grievous and painful; but afterwards it yields a peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it [a harvest of fruit which consists in righteousness--in conformity to God's will in purpose, thought, and action, resulting in right living and right standing with God].
This is a time to press into father God, not run from Him. Have trusted friends pray for you, after all Job may have gone through the trial himself, but friends sat with him throughout. Yes, I know at times they seemed to add to his dilemma, but I do not think Job would have made it through without them.
You will win if you do not give up; after all, God is your coach.
I am not trying to belittle your experience; I myself know the pain and often despair that we can go through as Christians as we try to keep the hope whilst enduring the pain. Job did not know from day to day which morning might be the one in which the day would bring his restoration, but he held on in there. I pray you will do the same.
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God bless you
Love Brother Don
1 Thessalonians 5:21 (New Living Translation)
‘but test everything that is said. Hold on to what is good.’