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Annually on December 2
As you know, we consider blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job's perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy. (James 5:11)
Perseverance is not so easy to achieve. Of course, we can always learn. Some believers think, “Why can’t Jesus just answer everything fast and save trouble for us and for Him. Why wait till the 4th watch of the night. Might have had a good night’s rest if He had come in the 1st watch.” Well, He has His reasons for not showing up earlier, some of which we may not know about. Job never could understand why he was suffering. But he didn’t throw in the towel. He just hung in there till the ordeal was over. Of course, he offered God a few options - to destroy him totally, kill him fast; but nothing seemed to work.
Even today my complaint is bitter; his hand is heavy in spite of my groaning. If only I knew where to find him; if only I could go to his dwelling! I would state my case before him and fill my mouth with arguments. I would find out what he would answer me, and consider what he would say. Would he oppose me with great power? No, he would not press charges against me. There an upright man could present his case before him, and I would be delivered forever from my judge. "But if I go to the east, he is not there; if I go to the west, I do not find him. When he is at work in the north, I do not see him; when he turns to the south, I catch no glimpse of him. But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold. My feet have closely followed his steps; I have kept to his way without turning aside. I have not departed from the commands of his lips; I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my daily bread. "But he stands alone, and who can oppose him? He does whatever he pleases. He carries out his decree against me, and many such plans he still has in store. That is why I am terrified before him; when I think of all this, I fear him. God has made my heart faint; the Almighty has terrified me. (Job 23:2-16)
If any of you are passing through such a phase, just hang in there. Deliverance is just around the corner. As the above verse says, “The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.”
Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. (Romans 5:3, 4)
Posted by Dr. Johnson Cherian