Day 188: Trials & Troubles (Job 35-37; Acts 14)

Everyone’s heard the popular question, “Why do bad things happen to good people?” As you can see throughout the book of Job, it does happen. Bad things do happen to good people and it is seemingly without reason. In chapters 35 through 37, the rant from Elihu continues. Though his opinion aligns more with the three other “friends” of Job, he does make a couple of good points.

“He does great things that we cannot comprehend.” -Job 37:5

Amidst the trials and troubles we might face, we must realize the greatness of our God. Questioning the value of remaining constant in faith is taking a step further from our walks. Though it might seem that God hasn’t intervened in your life when you want Him to, does not mean he is uncaring. His timing is better than ours and although he might not immediately intervene to help, God’s plan will prevail.

God’s incomprehensibility can be frustrating. Even reading through the story of Job is exasperating as we wait for the silver lining. In Acts chapter 14, we read of Paul and Barnabas and their evangelical hearts. Despite almost being killed, their quest to spread the Word of God is stronger than any doubt to give up and give into their environment to make life a little easier. By encouraging each other in faith, we not only strengthen one another, but also help in sharing the gospel.

“It is necessary to pass through many troubles on our way into the kingdom of God.” -Acts 14:22

Are you struggling with understanding God’s plan for your life? What are some ways that you can help settle your mind and trust in His timing? (Spend more time in the Word, confide in a friend, etc.)

When was the last time you gave encouragement to a fellow brother or sister in Christ? Has your support of them wavered? Make some week-by-week goals on how you can inspire and reassure people in your life who are having troubles.

 

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