Studying the People of God

I find it very interesting that in the lives of various Bible characters there is a common thread.  For most all the characters we are told about in the Bible, the thing that is common to all of them is “trouble.” For some it was self-created, such as with Peter in his denial.  Abraham, in his failure to believe God long term, took the promise of God into his own hands and believed he could create the solution, instead of waiting on God.  For others such as Paul, trouble was provided.  God would not take Paul’s thorn in the flesh away, but promised his all-sufficient grace.

That prompts this question: Why do we shy away from trouble?  So often, trouble is the very crucible that God chose to refine us!  I trust that we may look at every situation and circumstance in life, that a Sovereign God knows and is handling what he thinks is best for us!  Yes, it is hard to live.  But, we serve a loving, compassionate God that has thoughts higher than ours!

Job said, “Though he slay me, I will hope in him” (Job 13:15)

And again in Job 23:10 “But he knows the way that I take; when he has tried me, I shall come out as gold.”