The story of Job in the Old Testament is a perfect illustration of a true believer in God who developed perseverance and wisdom in the face of trials. Job was an upright and blameless man who feared God and turned away from evil. However the time came for him to go through trials and suffering rained down on him in all forms. His wealth, which was measured in thousands of animals, was all lost in one day. He also lost all his ten children and as if all this was not enough, he was also with physical pain. This very righteous man was now suffering both psychologically and physically, but his reverence for God did not waver.

Even his WIFE lost confidence in God and told Job to hasten his death, which was seen imminent, by cursing God. Job’s reply to her was that we should not only be ready to accept ‘good’ from God but also trouble. He refused to turn his back on God even though conditions became worse with the arrival of his three friends who accused him of suffering because of some secret sin. However, Job sought the face of God. He cried out to God for an explanation of his suffering, which he knew that he did not deserve. He passed his life and endured these trials with the wisdom that he gained from God, which surpassed all the human wisdom that his friends displayed. This story portrays the fact that true godly wisdom is to reverently love God more than all the gifts we receive from Him and to trust in his goodness even though we cannot always understand his ways. It is worthy to note that God gives us a special grace for every trial if we ask for it. That is why, John Milton could write poetry while he was blind and Beethoven could compose music even though he was living in the silent world of deafness. God’s grace is sufficient for every situation or condition. The apostle Paul wrote in his second letter to the Corinthians that after having pleaded with God three times to take away his “thorn in the flesh”, God told him that His Grace was sufficient for him because this power is made perfect in weakness. (2 Cor 12:8-9). God’s grace produces wisdom in man, in faith and perseverance.

God uses trials or tests to strengthen our faith in Him.The result of trials in our lives will be the ability to persevere to the end, hoping for our reward in heaven. This ability is a virtue that only trials and suffering will produce. It also yields a stable character and a firm showing of our faith. The story of Abraham in Genesis 22 is an example of a man developing perseverance from his test.

God had promised Abraham that He would make him father of many nations and that He would establish His covenant with Abraham’s descendants, giving them the land of Canaan as an everlasting possession. God also gave Abraham and his wife Sarah a son in their old age and they were happy. Suddenly, God tested Abraham by telling him to take his son Isaac and sacrifice him as a burnt offering to Him. Abraham had promised to be obedient to God and had even consecrated his son to the Lord by circumcision. However, his hopes of becoming the father of a great nation were being dashed, as he was now to kill the son of the covenant. This did not hamper Abraham’s loyalty to God but he obediently took the boy away to be sacrificed. He was confident that God would do something to fulfill His promise to him. When Isaac questioned his father about the animal for the burnt offering, the answer was that God himself would provide it. Abraham endured this ordeal of going up the mountain with his son, building the alter for the sacrifice, arranging the wood for the fire, binding his son and laying him on top of the wood to kill him. It is almost unimaginable that a father could do this to his own son, but Abraham suffered this test, trusting God to do something for him later, as He had done before. God proved Himself to Abraham by providing a ram for the sacrifice and by also renewing His covenant to bless him and multiply his descendants. Abraham persevered as a result of suffering and was rewarded accordingly.

Sometimes, people can so fail you, until you begin to wonder if anything is real in this world. Phantasmagoric illusions begin to swipe violently at you through the mind, and you begin to question everything, from the existence of God, to what makes a human being a human being.

It only takes Faith through perseverance to stand the mental onslaught of elemental devils that daily project thoughts that seek to undermine the effectual power and Authority of God’s Word in a Believer’s life. The more one hangs in there, without shaking, giving in, giving up or out to the devil, Faith will without doubt, superimpose the Miracle of God in honour of our perseverance and patience.

Perseverance is a development, which shapes a Christian believer’s character around his commitment to Christ. It indicates the assurance given to those who follow Christ, reminding them that God’s power will keep them as Christians until they die and that they will surely live with Christ in heaven forever. It involves persistence and steadfastness in prayer, with faith-filled declarations towards release and ultimate victory. The story of Job in the Old Testament is a perfect illustration of a true believer in God who developed perseverance and wisdom in the face of trials. Job was an upright and blameless man who feared God and turned away from evil. However the time came for him to go through trials and suffering rained down on him in all forms. His wealth, which was measured in thousands of animals, was all lost in one day. He also lost all his ten children and as if all this was not enough, he was also with physical pain. This very righteous man was now suffering both psychologically and physically, but his reverence for God did not waver. Even his WIFE lost confidence in God and told Job to hasten his death, which was seen imminent, by cursing God. Job’s reply to her was that we should not only be ready to accept ‘good’ from God but also trouble. He refused to turn his back on God even though conditions became worse with the arrival of his three friends who accused him of suffering because of some secret sin. However, Job sought the face of God. He cried out to God for an explanation of his suffering, which he knew that he did not deserve. He passed his life and endured these trials with the wisdom that he gained from God, which surpassed all the human wisdom that his friends displayed. This story portrays the fact that true godly wisdom is to reverently love God more than all the gifts we receive from Him and to trust in his goodness even though we cannot always understand his ways. It is worthy to note that God gives us a special grace for every trial if we ask for it. That is why, John Milton could write poetry while he was blind and Beethoven could compose music even though he was living in the silent world of deafness. God’s grace is sufficient for every situation or condition. The apostle Paul wrote in his second letter to the Corinthians that after having pleaded with God three times to take away his “thorn in the flesh”, God told him that His Grace was sufficient for him because this power is made perfect in weakness. (2 Cor 12:8-9). God’s grace produces wisdom in man, in faith and perseverance.God uses trials or tests to strengthen our faith in Him.The result of trials in our lives will be the ability to persevere to the end, hoping for our reward in heaven. This ability is a virtue that only trials and suffering will produce. It also yields a stable character and a firm showing of our faith. The story of Abraham in Genesis 22 is an example of a man developing perseverance from his test.God had promised Abraham that He would make him father of many nations and that He would establish His covenant with Abraham’s descendants, giving them the land of Canaan as an everlasting possession. God also gave Abraham and his wife Sarah a son in their old age and they were happy. Suddenly, God tested Abraham by telling him to take his son Isaac and sacrifice him as a burnt offering to Him. Abraham had promised to be obedient to God and had even consecrated his son to the Lord by circumcision. However, his hopes of becoming the father of a great nation were being dashed, as he was now to kill the son of the covenant. This did not hamper Abraham’s loyalty to God but he obediently took the boy away to be sacrificed. He was confident that God would do something to fulfill His promise to him. When Isaac questioned his father about the animal for the burnt offering, the answer was that God himself would provide it. Abraham endured this ordeal of going up the mountain with his son, building the alter for the sacrifice, arranging the wood for the fire, binding his son and laying him on top of the wood to kill him. It is almost unimaginable that a father could do this to his own son, but Abraham suffered this test, trusting God to do something for him later, as He had done before. God proved Himself to Abraham by providing a ram for the sacrifice and by also renewing His covenant to bless him and multiply his descendants. Abraham persevered as a result of suffering and was rewarded accordingly.Sometimes, people can so fail you, until you begin to wonder if anything is real in this world. Phantasmagoric illusions begin to swipe violently at you through the mind, and you begin to question everything, from the existence of God, to what makes a human being a human being.It only takes Faith through perseverance to stand the mental onslaught of elemental devils that daily project thoughts that seek to undermine the effectual power and Authority of God’s Word in a Believer’s life. The more one hangs in there, without shaking, giving in, giving up or out to the devil, Faith will without doubt, superimpose the Miracle of God in honour of our perseverance and patience.Perseverance is a development, which shapes a Christian believer’s character around his commitment to Christ. It indicates the assurance given to those who follow Christ, reminding them that God’s power will keep them as Christians until they die and that they will surely live with Christ in heaven forever. It involves persistence and steadfastness in prayer, with faith-filled declarations towards release and ultimate victory.

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