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Fires of Life

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The thing I greatly feared
has come upon me. —Job 3:25

Death, divrce, and disease
could be called the three Ds of misery. They slice through life like a tsunami
of sorrow, raising doubts and destroying dreams.

Recently, a friend and I
agreed that the previous year was one that we both would just as soon forget.
Each of us had suffered one of the three.

Our conversation brought
Job to mind. In a short period of time, he lost his children, his health, his
wealth, and his wife’s respect. Job’s distress was so great that he pleaded,
“May the day perish on which I was born” (Job 3:3). Job wanted God to erase not
just a year, but all memory of his existence! He had enjoyed years of success
and respect. Now, he questioned the purpose of living (3:20).

Job wanted to die and be
forgotten, but instead God made sure his name and story would be remembered
forever. Rather than give Job what he asked for, God gave future generations
what they would need—an inside look at the spiritual battle between God and
Satan. The result is a God-inspired document about suffering that has comforted
countless people.

When what we fear actually happens,
we know, thanks to Job, that God can use it for good. —Julie
Ackerman

For Further Study
Why does God allow us to experience the “fires of life”?
Read Knowing God Through Job

Our highest good may come
from our deepest suffering
.

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