posted Oct 16, 2016, 7:28 PM by Dale Barnes

“You have heard of the patient endurance of Job and you have seen the Lord’s outcome (how He richly blessed Job). The Lord is full of compassion and is merciful.” (Ja. 5:11 AMP)  Our first thoughts, when Job is mentioned, are trials and hardship, but James tells us to look at the end of Job.

In Job 42 , there are two things that stand out. Through all his difficulties he received a greater understanding of God. “My ears had heard of you, but now my eyes have seen you.” (V5)  Verses 10 and 12 tells us that “...the Lord restored his fortunes and gave him twice as much as he had before...The Lord blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the former part.”  The end of this great trial of his faith was the greater blessing of God.

“Praise our God, all peoples, let the sound of his praise be heard; he has preserved our lives and kept our feet from slipping.  For you, O God,  tested us; you refined us as silver. You brought us into prison and laid burdens on our backs... We went through fire and water, but you brought us to a place of abundance.”(Ps.66:8-12 NIV)  

Trials of life, to the true believer, are never an end, but something we all pass through to accomplish God’s will in our lives. (All things work together for good to those who love God and are called to his purpose-Ro.8:28) Our calling is not to trials, but through them to a better and lasting life in Christ.

Just as we see the picture of Job and his end.  The future is glorious and bright for those who trust and follow Christ. He does not fail us in the midst of difficulties, he guides and helps us all the way to the better end.