“Yet He knows the way I have taken; when He has tested me, I will emerge as pure gold.” -JOB 23:10

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These words spoken by Job during his time of extreme suffering offer us insight into our own times of hardship. Like Job’s, our persecutions and trials are by divine appointment. But we do not go through them alone – God keeps us by His grace and love as He trains and disciplines us. He is forever wanting to stretch us and build us up, and uses our trials to test us by fire.

What if we viewed every hardship as God’s perfect plan for us? This would give our trials a whole new meaning, wouldn’t it? Trials move us out of complacency and mediocrity to a stronger, purer faith. So ask God to give you the wisdom to see your trial as He sees it. If you will do that and trust Him in the process, you will emerge as pure gold!

Dr. Ed Young signature