Key Verse: “For I know that thou wilt bring me to death, and to the house appointed for all living” (Job 30:23).
In the story behind great hymns, it was said of Horatio Spafford, the lawyer who wrote the song ‘It is well with my soul’ that he lost all his fortune and while recuperating, eventually lost his four daughters to a shipwreck. But the most painful part of the story was that his church wrongly concluded that the tragedies he faced, were as a result of divine judgment.
How painful it is when people who ought to console you, put you to more grief all because of wrong conclusions. The friends of Job had dragged him into a needless debate. Without knowing what was really going on, they concluded God was after Job because he had sinned. Job himself also thought that his sufferings were aimed at terminating his life. From the story of Job, we learn that things are usually not the way they appear especially when we love God and are called by Him.
You may be going through something hard and thinking this will be your end not knowing that God might be looking for an opportunity to enlarge your coast. When people face challenges, some may be tempted to think that it is punishment or a just reward, especially when they look at the episode from a narrow prism. Not every sinner will receive his/her just punishment here. There are many saints who go about bearing afflictions that are never as a result of their sins. In the New Testament, some disciples came to Jesus to inquire from him, when they saw a man who was blind from birth, whether the man sinned or his parents sinned that he was born blind.
The answer Jesus gave should leave us with why we must not draw wrong conclusions about matters (John 9:1-3). Whatever you are going through or whatever is going through you, know that “all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).
Thought for the day: God will always make His children triumphant.
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DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.