A number of years ago I became very serious about my Christian life. I reasoned that if it was true what the Bible said about God leading and speaking to us… I had to know. This burning desire came, not because I just decided I wanted to know or through any credit of my own, it came because of the great affliction I was under. All Christians suffer with something, during their Christian walk, for the sole purpose of drawing them closer to the Lord, developing a clearer channel of communication with Him, or preparing them for future spiritual blessings they did not even know to ask for. Some have lost children or loved ones; the Bible says that the good die young because the Lord spares them from greater suffering they would otherwise incur. Some have financial loses, perhaps in order that they refocus on the Lord Himself. Some have been alienated from church membership, friends, family or all of the above that they might remove the distractions that would give opportunity for deeper spiritual understanding. These difficulties come many times even though the person has not done anything wrong but that he or she might grow.

Such was the case with Job! For he said, “”I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear; but now mine eye seeth thee.” On the basis of his faithfulness through all his trials “The Lord blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the first.” (Job 42;12) Just as there are physical laws of nature and science that never change, there are spiritual laws that are sure. The Lord will bless those who are faithful through trial “beyond their asking”. John Bunyan spent 12 years in prison during which time he wrote “Pilgrims Progress”. After being released he said that if it were possible he would return to prison to experience, once again, the closeness of the Lord. All of this will come only IF, and that’s a big if, we are faithful through the suffering. It may not come exactly as or when you expect (the fact is that most will not be faithful and will fall short) but it will come and be better than you ever hoped for. Purpose to be faithful and be patient fellow traveler for it only came “after 40 years” to Moses. In my own case it took a little longer but I could never have even had the vision to ask for what the Lord finally blessed me with.

“To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.”Rev. 2;7

Faith is a living pow’r from heav’n
Which grasps the promise God has giv’n;
Securely fixed on Christ alone,
A trust that cannot be o’er thrown. (Faith is a Living Power from Heaven)

Posted on December 26th, 2013