God is ultimately in control and will use our trials for good.
“’Does Job fear God for nothing?’ Satan replied. ‘Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herd are spread throughout the land. But stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face.’ The Lord said to Satan, ‘Very well, then, everything he has in in your hands, but on the man himself do not lay a finger.’ Then Satan went out from the presence of the Lord.” (Job 1:9-12)
Satan will often bring his ruthless attacks against believers. It may seem to come out of nowhere—one thing after another. It’s hard to even see straight. You feel like your life is suddenly spinning out of control.
Job’s life is an example to us of what this may be like (Job 1-2). And as we know from the book of Job, this righteous man stood strong. Though it seemed he was losing everything dear to him, he knew that God held him through every loss and hardship.
God will never allow the enemy to have full control; Satan doesn’t have the final say over our lives. We will face battles in this world, but we can trust in our Mighty God to be our shelter through it all.
Our hope: “But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold.” (Job 23:10)
Be encouraged, my friends who are facing hard battles. God knows your way and He has a plan. He’s leading you through the darkest times, building strength, deeper perseverance, character, and faith. He will never waste these painful times but promises to turn them around for good. Trust Him in this season. He is always with you and He fights for you today.
Debbie McDaniel is a writer, pastor's wife, mom to three amazing kids (and a lot of pets). Join her each morning on Fresh Day Ahead's Facebook page, for daily encouragement in living strong, free, hope-filled lives. Find her also on Twitter and at her blog www.debbiemcdaniel.com.
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