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- Listen to these determined words of Job. ‘…till I die I will not put away my integrity from me. I hold fast my righteousness and will not let it go…’ (Job 27:5-6).
- This is an example of doggedly holding on. There are times in my walk with Christ, where I just held on.
- There was a time when I was being tried with questioning God’s goodness. It seemed like for months all I could see in the Bible was God killing women and children. There are some public stories of people in the limelight who walked away from faith citing this very thing, saying they couldn’t believe in a God who would allow all this evil. I feel certain they went through a similar testing, but didn’t pass.
- At the same time, there was some struggle over waiting on my son’s healing (the one in the wheelchair), knowing God just had to say the word. In Macedonia, we had even prayed for a one-year old who wasn’t supposed to have ever been able to walk in any manner without extensive therapy. We prayed. She never had therapy and never even a limp. We’d seen God do many healings. We knew He could. At the same time we were in the middle of waiting years on the Lord for a house, which felt very much needed, but it was long in coming.
- At the same time, I would read the Bible and see an evil God, but I would say, “This isn’t right. This isn’t who God is. He’s not evil.” The trial lasted maybe six months, but I held on. But, if you’ve gotten to this point in my lessons, you’ve probably been following my teachings, and you know how much I love to talk about our good God!
- Because I came through that trial, I got the reward of being able to see the goodness of God in everything! I can see it in every verse of the Bible, or He will help me to see it if I don’t get it at first.
- Don’t want to lose my point…I was talking about holding on.
- Hold on. There’s a reward on the other side of every trial, if you come through it with Jesus.