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Lent 2020 – Thursday, April 2

Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil” (Job 1:8).

Knowing what happens to Job after these lines, I sure hope God never asks Satan to “consider me”!

We have a right to expect blessings, especially when we are faithful, serve others and otherwise follow the Lord’s instructions. So it seems wrong when we, or someone else who seems faithful, encounter hardship. Is this current virus situation restitution for a world that is lost, or does the Lord just challenge us (or allow Satan to do so) to test the depth of our trust in him?

I’m as confused as you are answering this question, but I have faith that there is one true God who holds all the power and still bothers to love us anyway. I often wonder why he messes with us in the first place (Pastor Jim has had some thoughts about this), but I’m glad he did. Even in hardship, panic and tough times I know he is there for us… whether I see it now or later does not change this fact.

The world is watching how we as believers respond to this crisis. How we portray our faith can make a difference in many a person’s path toward God. Some will walk toward this light, others will be tempted to discard a loving God who “allows this to happen.” This can be a unique time to witness to others through our words, our actions, and even our countenance.

Job’s friends tried to convince him to discount his faith and curse God. We can curse Satan by showing our best colors during this storm.  

Kevin McDonald, elder

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