A Lonely Road
What must have made Job’s suffering even more intense was his aloneness at times. His wife urged him to “curse God and die” (Job 2:9). His friends were miserable comforters, wrongly accusing him of secret sin. God seemed silent. Job felt utterly alone, yet he continued to cry out to God. His words show his pain: “Oh, for the days when I was in my prime, when God’s intimate friendship blessed my house” (Job 29:4).
None of Job’s suffering was lost, though. God used it for good in his life: refining him, increasing his faith and nurturing growth. Job emerged from his ordeal with more maturity. For this reason, Paul says that we “glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope” (Romans 5:3 – 4).
We would never choose to suffer or have our friends desert us in order to grow spiritually. But when struggles happen in life, when we are without every comfort and companion, God can use that pain for our good.
Scripture Reference: Moreover Job continued his parable, and said, Oh that I were as in months past, as in the days when God preserved me; When his candle shined upon my head, and when by his light I walked through darkness; As I was in the days of my youth, when the secret of God was upon my tabernacle; When the Almighty was yet with me, when my children were about me; When I washed my steps with butter, and the rock poured me out rivers of oil;
Job 29:1-6 KJV
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Book Title: Don’t Limit God
Author: Andrew Wommack
Chapter 3: Totally Committed
Discussion Topic: Fear Of Risk
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Pasage: for the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show himself strong in the behalf of them who’s hard is toward him. 2 chronicles 16:9
being perfect doesn’t mean you are sinless. here, God is referring to people who are committed to him and telling him, “God I’ll do anything. I’ll say whatever you want me to say. I’ll go wherever you want me to go. just tell me what to do and I’ll follow you to the best of my ability. God is looking throughout the whole earth for people like this. Are you willing to risk it all to follow him? your response should be, “God look no further here I am”.
Dwight L Moody once attended a service in Chicago where he heard a preacher make the following statement “The world has never seen what God can do through one person who is totally committed to him.” Dewight stood up and said, ” I’ll be that man,” even though he only had a third grade education and could barely read. when Dewight preached, he would read a passage of scripture up to a word that he didn’t know, then stop and preach on it. then he would start on the other side of that word, so people wouldn’t know that he couldn’t read.
Dwight L Moody was rejected by three churches. he tried to join them, but they didn’t consider him to be a good enough Christian to be a member of their churches. they kept him from being a member, yet he preach to crowds of 150,000 before they even had microphones. He preached to kings and impacted every continent on the face of the earth. he was the Billy Graham of his day. he saw miracle after miracle, and amazing things happened through his ministry.
You may have some things in your heart that would cause you to live your life differently if you didn’t have restrictions. yet fear is causing you to limit yourself and limit what God can do, because you’re afraid that you might not Prosper as much as you are prospering now. you are afraid that people might criticize you or that something negative might happen.
Before I die, I believe I will accomplish everything that God has put on the inside of me. I can truthfully say that right now, I am in the process of doing everything that God has placed in my heart and I know that as I continue to grow, he will give me more things to do. I haven’t arrived, but I’ve left. I am moving in the right direction.