Does It Ever End?
Then his wife said to him, “Do you still hold fast to your integrity? Curse God and die!” 10 But he said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips. Job 2:9-10 NKJV
Social scientists have said that, “man is the sum total of his experience.” There are times when life brings varied adversities rather than prosperity—times, figuratively speaking, when the rain fall, floods rise, and strong winds blow (Matt. 7:24-27). And, it seems like there is one thing after another, and you may have asked yourself: does it ever end? I heard a great man of God say that these experiences are the CATS, i.e., Circumstances, Affliction, Tests, trials and tribulations.¹
When the bad times come, do you maintain your faith in God and hold fast to the integrity of His Word? Or, do you reel in doubt and unbelief and begin to question God and your faith? Do you foolishly and sinfully curse God and die? Absolutely not! God is still a good God during the good times and the bad, and somehow He makes all things work together for your good (Rom. 8:28). Remember, God is greater than any of your circumstances, tests and trials, and He promised never to leave you nor forsake you (Heb. 13:5). Your choice is to decide to stand on the Rock or get rocked!
The adversities of life serves, often times, to reveal who you are as a person, what you really believe about God and His Word, and help you draw closer to God. God is always the solution to every problem and bad situation whether you understand it or not. In fact, God calls your problems in life a temporary light affliction which works for you a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory (2 Cor. 4:17). The apostle Peter taught that God is the God of all grace—the good and the bad—who called you to His eternal glory in Christ Jesus, just like Job, after you have suffered a while, God will perfect you, establish, strengthen, and settle you (1 Peter 5:10). So, the next time you ask yourself: does it ever end? Also ask yourself, do you want to be made perfect, established, strengthen, and settle. God knows how much you can bear.
¹ Bishop James Williams, End Time Christian Fellowship. Toledo, OH