“Better is the end of a thing than its beginning;
and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.
Be not quick to anger,
for anger lodges in the bosom of fools.” (Ecclesiastes 7:8-9 RSV)
“In the day of prosperity be joyful, and in the day of adversity consider; God has made the one as well as the other.” (Ecclesiastes 7:14a RSV)
It is well with our souls when everything is going our way. Money is abundant, jobs are secure, all around us are healthy and prospering. But how we respond to adversity, job loss, financial ruin, loss of friends, spouses, children and our self important sense of self worth and our position in society, amongst our colleagues, family and friends is a great indicator of your witness.
In a season of Job, where you are stripped naked and bared before all, or if you are being pursued by Satan or face legal troubles or the loss of all you have worked for, do you scurry away into a room of self pity, depression and spend your days lamenting all that you have lost?
Every season in your life, good or bad, rich or poor, healthy or battling physical disabilities is a season to give thanks 🙏🏽 unto God. For during each season our witness, our testimonies are created and strengthened to not only draw us closer to God and impart wisdom, but to in the sharing of our experiences be a blessing to others.
Are you ready to test your faith? To stand and not collapse under the weight of your trials or circumstances? To face whatever God may allow to come your way, whether good or bad? Is your faith strong enough to weather the storm, or will allow your bad times to consume you and turn you away from The Master? Can you utter the same proclamation found here in Psalm 34:
“ I will praise the Lord no matter what happens. I will constantly speak of his glories and grace.[a] 2 I will boast of all his kindness to me. Let all who are discouraged take heart. 3 Let us praise the Lord together and exalt his name.
4 For I cried to him and he answered me! He freed me from all my fears. 5 Others too were radiant at what he did for them. Theirs was no downcast look of rejection! 6 This poor man cried to the Lord—and the Lord heard him and saved him out of his troubles. 7 For the Angel of the Lord guards and rescues all who reverence him.
8 Oh, put God to the test and see how kind he is! See for yourself the way his mercies shower down on all who trust in him. 9 If you belong to the Lord, reverence him; for everyone who does this has everything he needs. 10 Even strong young lions sometimes go hungry, but those of us who reverence the Lord will never lack any good thing.
11 Sons and daughters, come and listen and let me teach you the importance of trusting and fearing the Lord. 12 Do you want a long, good life? 13 Then watch your tongue! Keep your lips from lying. 14 Turn from all known sin and spend your time in doing good. Try to live in peace with everyone; work hard at it.
15 For the eyes of the Lord are intently watching all who live good lives, and he gives attention when they cry to him. 16 But the Lord has made up his mind to wipe out even the memory of evil men from the earth. 17 Yes, the Lord hears the good man when he calls to him for help and saves him out of all his troubles.
18 The Lord is close to those whose hearts are breaking; he rescues those who are humbly sorry for their sins. 19 The good man does not escape all troubles—he has them too. But the Lord helps him in each and every one. 20 Not one of his bones is broken.
21 Calamity will surely overtake the wicked; heavy penalties are meted out to those who hate the good. 22 But as for those who serve the Lord, he will redeem them; everyone who takes refuge in him will be freely pardoned.”
Hold on in the midst of your season of Job. For just as God permitted Satan to attack Job to test Job’s faith and commitment to God. God also allows us to go through good and bad times as He perfects us, grows us spiritually, strengthens our faith and trust in Him drawing us closer in relationship to God while burning off all that is of no use in the Kingdom. For in ‘going through ‘ and growing in faith and not departing from The Word or God, you will find that your reward was in being allowed to suffer and your victory was in the strengthening of your witness!