Suffering is Your Opportunity to Show Your Quality (Part 6)

“I have never seen the righteous forsaken, or his seed begging bread.” Psalm 37:25

The journey of this life is a journey of crises. We are continually presented with choices. Some obvious, others not so obvious. It is at these forks that we make decisions and reveal the stuff we’re made of. These choices of our own free will are creating a very graphic and representative case for the condition and desires of our heart. Our choices reveal what we want, who we serve, our often hidden agenda that could not otherwise be seen, they reveal the type and condition of the soil of our heart.

The evil one, the enemy of our souls, was allowed to sit in on the planning meetings and give input to the forks that would be laid in your path for your journey, just as he was given voice into Job’s. Do not think that all the evil, temptation, afflictions and trials that you have faced, are presently facing, and will face were orchestrated by your enemy alone. God never misses a planning meeting and He is the CEO (Chief Executive Officer) and the Orchestral Conductor of ALL. Nothing escapes His magic wand. Even your and my free will are pre-figured in the score of Time. Has it ever occurred to you that nothing has ever occurred to Him?

Has it ever occurred to you that God has a definite plan for you, a journey which He has laid down before the foundation of the world and that at each fork you are to choose His will and not your own in order to arrive safely at the destination He provided? The creation of man was the result of the council of God with God with God. “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.” Gen. 1:26. Did God make a mistake? Did we (Adam) thwart God’s plan? Or did He make provision for the redemption of His son’s even before Time began?

“According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love.” Eph. 4:1 It was, is and shall always be the desire of God to have son’s in the earth as it is in heaven. These are the elect, the chosen, those who deny themselves, take up their cross and follow Him.

Romans 8:29: For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

John 1:12: But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.

Hebrews 2:10: For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.

Job is such a son. Job denied himself, took up his cross daily and followed Him. It is a matter of faith. It is easy to seek your own will, do your own thing, plan your own agenda, get your own way. There is no faith in these things – only self, motivated by fear. But to give up your will, your desire, your life, your agenda for His – that is faith, exhibited through a real denial of self, often before others, for His glory.

It is saying in the midst of your dying to self, “Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD. In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.” Job 1:21,22.

It takes faith, real faith, saving faith, to stay in the fire and trust God through it all. It takes faith to keep your integrity in the face of mockers who come to taunt you when you are at your lowest. “Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse God, and die.” But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips. Job 2:9,10.

Religion will teach you about God, but only through relationship will you know Him personally. Faith will reveal an unseen God as seen and trusted and depended upon. People will never understand why you don’t curse God and die. People will accuse you of many things. They do not see what you see. They do not have eyes of faith, a believing heart and a relationship that is real and living. Even your close friends may judge you wrongly.

These are the fires and trials and times that are molding you to be conformed to the image of His Son. This is the process that redeems you to the original design – to be like Him.

Suffering is your opportunity to show your quality.