Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.
It’s easy to say that our faith won’t falter when life is going smoothly, but it’s harder to say so when you’re in the midst of a storm.
“Hold fast!” This is an old phrase used by sailors back when most ships relied on sails. This phrase would be shouted over the sound of thunder or battle from one sailor to the other. When this phrase was used, it meant to stay at your position. To remain tightly secured in the face of adversity.
The simple choice would be to give up, but you would be missing out on something big God has planned for your life. To “hold fast” is not only the toughest decision, but the right choice. As hard as it gets, no matter how hard the waves crash into you, God will be your strength in the storm!
In all this Job did not sin or charge God with wrong.
We have to embrace the fact that we will face seasons of trials throughout our lives as followers of Christ. There will be times when God will need to prune our branches and stretch our faith so that we will grow more reliant on Him.
But it is vital that we realize this is for our good. God doesn’t pull the rug out from under us to punish us. When we stand on the premise that God is good and there is no darkness in Him, we can weather our circumstances, not blaming God for them, but accepting that good will be the result.
The crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold, and the Lord tests hearts.
Many believe that by making a decision to follow Christ their lives will become much easier. The opposite is true. To follow Christ means we need to become more Christ-like. This often requires a burning away of our selfish, sinful, fallen nature much like the impurities burned away when precious metals are heated to a high temperature.
God knows what it will take. We will be pressed but not crushed. He will plot out our journey and guide us along the way. We will find that our motives and actions align more with His as we press on towards the ultimate prize, an eternity with Christ!
Now Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers they hated him even more.
Has God given you a dream? Is there something God has laid on your heart that has not yet come to pass? Imagine how Joesph felt. He was his fathers favorite and his brothers hated him for it. His dream of his family bowing before him pushed his brothers over the edge and they sold him into slavery.
However, all along Joseph served his superiors faithfully, regardless of how he was treated; he never let his situation deter him from his faith in God.
If God has given you a “dream”; serve faithfully, keep your focus on Jesus, and never lose hope that God will accomplish what He has placed in your heart.
We view our slight, short-lived troubles in the light of eternity. We see our difficulties as the substance that produces for us an eternal, weighty glory far beyond all comparison
2 Corinthians 4:17
Why do we tend to worry and descend into a place of fear when trials befall us? Simple, we forget to keep our eyes on Jesus by following His teachings. Instead we often solely look at the wind and waves surrounding our situation.
Christ reminds us to keep things in perspective, as our current situation is a “light and momentary affliction” when compared to eternity. If we instead dive into God’s Word and keep our focus anchored onto our Strong Tower, Jesus, anxiety and fear will flee.