Shall we accept good from God and not trouble? (Job 2:10)
Job had to suffer for God's honor. Satan contended that Job only served God out of self-interest. Then God allowed Satan to take everything away from Job - his whole fortune, all his children and his health. His own wife said, "Curse God and die." And his "friends" said, "You're done for. God has become your enemy." But Job answered, "I don't know what He has against me, but even if he slay me, I will hope in Him."
At that moment, there must have been a burst of applause in heaven. God really had people on earth who possessed nothing and still remained faithful to Him. Job did not worship God because He was so good to him, but because God is God.
Such people give God glory. They live and suffer for the glory of God. God is looking for people like that.
Joseph Ton from Romania. Joseph Ton describes a number of spiritual principles of God's faithfulness despite suffering. Edited with permission from the Dutch booklet entitled Lessen in Lijden.
Copyright [C] 1995 Open Doors International. Used by permission.
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Day by Day with the Persecuted Church
compiled by Jan Pit with a forward by Brother Andrew (paperback, revised 2000)
Compelling wisdom from the pen of actual believers living amidst persecution, you'll be connected to the suffering, courage, and depth of life that exists in the harshest places in the world. Each of these 365 thought-provoking devotions will deepen your understanding of Christian persecution and provoke you to pray for our brothers and sisters with a new found depth.