Hold in There
Good parents will do all that can to protect their children from harm or anything unpleasant. They will try to make their childhood days as enjoyable and pleasant as they can. However, as we all know, life is not perfect and as responsible parents they will gradually withdraw this protective shield as the child is able to cope, so that they will learn to deal with problems and will eventually be self-sufficient and hopefully in the fullness of time become responsible adults and parents themselves
Soldiers on enlisting, go through a lot of intensive training, testing their stamina and skills beyond most people’s expectation, some fall by the wayside but most get through and will be ready when they are called into active service.
Job was a good man “blameless and upright, and one who feared God and shunned evil.” And yet God allowed Satan to attack Job – but only on God’s terms. God knew that although Job was blameless and upright, he could be so much better if he entered God’s training camp with Satan as Sergeant Major. Job suffered a lot but never gave up on God and ended up stronger in every way. ‘Adversity strengthens real faith by causing believers to dig deeper into God in order to withstand the storms’.
Christians in the west have had an easy time and have been able to live their lives and worship God almost as children protected by their parents. We have been free to carry out our ‘rituals’ without hindrance even being protected and given special privileges as Christianity was recognised as good for the nation. All this has changed and it would appear that God has allowed Satan to attack us, to shake His people out of the comfort of little children and turn them into an army of Christians ready to fight the enemy and cope with the wickedness of the present generation. We have a lot to learn from the persecuted church.
Are we willing to enlist in this army, to undergo the training and root ourselves in God’s love? Because if we do not then we will be like a piece of coal falling out of the fire which will gradually die. The journey may be tough, yet we are not promised an easy ride. God is with us through the turmoil and his love will protect us in every situation, so Hold in there, trust God the perfector of our faith and allow Him to do amazing things.
“For I know that my Redeemer lives,
And He shall stand at last on the earth;”
Job 19:25 NKJV