“All his brothers and sisters and everyone who had known him before came and ate with him in his house. They comforted and consoled him over all the trouble the LORD had brought on him, and each one gave him a piece of silver and a gold ring.” (Job 42:11)

What! God causing trouble? I am not sure that fits in with my “come-to-Jesus-and-everything-will-be-okay” theology. Unfortunately God is bigger than our image of Him or our attempts to put Him in a box. We may have experienced and adopted the milk of the word; well, this one is more like the broccoli—probably good for you but not a great experience.

The Lord will allow all sorts of things to befall us. We need to understand the difference between what needs to be submitted to and endured, what needs our persistence to overcome, and that which is an attack to repel. To get that level of understanding, we need an ongoing relationship with God to lead and guide us. If the experience of trouble has been sanctioned from heaven, learn well and surrender fast. It’s a much easier journey.

Quick Prayer. “If it is you that has allowed this trouble, help me to endure and learn well.” Amen