Sunday, October 18, 2015

How Much Is Too Much?

How much is too much?  How much can any one person bear?  When trouble comes your way do you find yourself asking the question, how much more can I take?  If you do, let me provide a synopsis of the troubles Job faced.  Job was a blessed man with all that one could desire.  He had wealth, a healthy family, and a wonderful relationship with the Lord.  Life was good.  Satan took particular note of this and declared to God that Job's faithfulness was due to the many blessings God bestowed on him.  God took the opportunity to honor Job and his faithfulness by allowing Satan to take away all the blessing so long as he did not take his life.

Satan, proceeded to cause Job to lose his wealth, his workers, his loved ones, and all he possessed. Job's world was turned upside down for no apparent reason and he struggled to understand why God would allow this.  He battled the same as much of us; through self doubt, self pity, the "why me" syndrome, and the fear that can overcome us when bad news comes.  He quickly learned his friends were more interested in blaming him for his misfortune than supporting him, finding himself challenged to dismiss their input and not allow them to cause him to turn away from God.

In the end, Job learned trusting God was all he had to do.  His willingness to stand up for God and to remain faithful enabled him to exit from his misfortunes into God's renewed blessings.  He learned what we all all need to learn; there is never too much for us to bear so long as we remain stedfast in our faith and love for God.  He will never leave us or forsake us, all we need to do is stay the course and he will multiply our blessing beyond what we can imagine much as he did for Job.  Just a little advice to go!

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