Lessons I Learned from Reading the Book of Job
Growing in the Lord Through Trials and Tribulations
by Joanne Troppello
Recently, I read through the book of Job and did a video devotional about what I learned. Growing in the Lord through trials and tribulations can be daunting—and I haven’t always welcomed the difficulties—but I have welcomed the growth in the Lord that resulted from them.
In Job 2:9-10 (NKJV), we see the difference between two perspectives about dealing with trials—one from Job’s wife and one from Job.
9 Then his wife said to him, “Do you still hold fast to your integrity? Curse God and die!”
10 But he said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips.
Those verses resonated with me. I can’t accept God’s blessings and expect that life will always be rosy. It’s not going to be. We’re not in Heaven yet. We’re still living in a fallen world.
In Job 42:2, 5-6 (NKJV), Job comes to the point where he realizes God is still in control no matter what happens in our lives. He loves us and always has the best in mind for us. Many times, that means dealing with trials and tribulations.
2 “I know that You can do everything, And that no purpose of Yours can be withheld from You. 3 You asked, ‘Who is this who hides counsel without knowledge?’ Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand, Things too wonderful for me, which I did not know. 4 Listen, please, and let me speak; You said, ‘I will question you, and you shall answer Me.’
5 “I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear, But now my eye sees You. 6 Therefore I abhor myself, And repent in dust and ashes.”
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About the Author
Joanne Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.