We all may know the story of Job in the Old Testament. Beginning in Job Chapter One, the bible describes an upright man, who loved the Lord and stayed away from evil. It goes on to say how Job was successful and prosperous because of his relationship with God. As the lesson goes on we see that Job’s great health, his wealth, his children, his possessions, his status was snatched away from him in an effort to “prove” his faithfulness and love for the Father. Fast forward through all this, Job goes through his trial and all that was lost was doubly restored. Of course this story of restoration is great and amazing, gives encouragement and hope, but to who? The Job Lesson is really meant for whom? For Job, for his family, for his friends, for his foes? Why does God allow one to go through a major trial and to come through it better off than they were before?
I believe that yes, the lesson is to build one’s faith and trust in the Lord, but its also for the on lookers who may not believe in the power of God to see his perfect glory! Job had tons of nay sayers around him while he was going through. Lots of them wanted him to “curse God and die”, but he refused. And thank God for his refusal. His refusal led to our deliverance. We see that if God can bring Job back from the brink of despair, how much more can He do for us.
So the lesson then and now is that sometimes we go through a major trial to show others the power and glory of our God. God allows us to go through a change, a metamorphosis so that we can be made new.
Remember-without change there’d be no butterflies.