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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Dealing with Trials and Disappointment

How do you deal with trials and disappointments?

In God's Word, we have a great example of how to deal with loss, trials, and disappointments in Job. Job, who was a righteous man, had everything taken away from him. He lost his children, his servants, his livestock, even his health (Job 1:1-19). Yet, despite all of that, Job continued to worship God. He did not blame God for what happened to him. He did not get angry with God or curse God as Satan was hoping he would. When Job learned of his losses, he fell to the ground and worshiped God. Job knew that everything he had came from God and, although it was all taken away, Job still believed that God's name should be praised (Job 1:20-22).

Now, let's compare Job's reaction with that of Cain when God did not accept his offering. When God accepted Abel's offering but rejected Cain's, Cain became angry and despondent. His disappointment caused him to lash out by killing his brother, Abel. Then, when God disciplined him for that by casting him out of the land, he complained that his punishment was too harsh (Genesis 4:3-14).

When we are faced with disappointment, when we experience trials and loss, we should think about Job and emulate his faith and his trust in God. We should worship the Lord and bless His name, for He is truly worthy.

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