Trouble With Purpose

Have you recently had your plans changed? Did trouble cause the schedule to be other than you had planned? Were your hopes and goals disappointed? Take heart, Father is loving you and bringing about His purpose. He sent the trouble on purpose, His purpose.
When Job replied to his murmuring wife, “You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?” the Scripture tells us In all this, Job did not sin in what he said. He responded to the loss of all his children and all his wealth the same way: The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away. The Scripture again says, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing. The text clearly states that Satan brought all this trouble to pass, however, Job goes directly to the source and says the Lord did it, may the name of the LORD be praised.”

Job was not aware of what had transpired in Gods presence prior to all his trouble. God brings up Jobs name to Satan and challenges Satan to admit that Job was a righteous man. Satan (the Accuser) attacked Jobs character and said to God, “Does Job fear God for nothing? Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land. But stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face.”

Since God does not take orders from Satan, when Satan said for God to stretch out your hand and strike everything he has God replied, “Very well, then, everything he has is in your hands, but on the man himself do not lay a finger.” In other words, Satan is on Gods leash. He can do only that which God orders and no more.

When we see that all our troubles come from God, even if by the hands of Satan, like Job we can embrace the trouble and say, may the name of the LORD be praised. We call it TROUBLE WITH PURPOSE. In Jobs case, the end of the book tells us not only how God doubled everything He allowed Satan to take, but Job learned some valuable lessons. For example in the last chapter: Then Job replied to the LORD :

“I know that you can do all things;
no plan of yours can be thwarted.
You asked, ‘Who is this that obscures my counsel without knowledge?’
Surely I spoke of things I did not understand,
things too wonderful for me to know.

“You said, ‘Listen now, and I will speak;
I will question you,
and you shall answer me.’
My ears had heard of you
but now my eyes have seen you.
Therefore I despise myself
and repent in dust and ashes.”

This discipline of Job was Gods because the Lord disciplines those he loves. Thus, what we call TROUBLE is on purpose. We are told to endure the trouble as discipline; God is treating you as sons. Jesus told us not to worry about tomorrow because Each day has enough trouble of its own. Jesus did not say to try to avoid trouble, but He implied that the trouble itself has a purpose and has been sent to us to embrace because it is from Father.

You will remember that it was this SingleVISION way of looking at trouble that Joseph expressed when he told his brothers, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today. Just as Jobs SingleVISION went directly to the source and skipped focusing on Satan, so Joseph skips focusing on his evil brothers and sees God bringing about His purpose through trouble that God meant for Joseph to go through.

So both Job and Joseph see God in their trouble and they know that their loving God is in their trouble working all things together for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. This is what we call SingleVISION.

James even tells us to Consider it wholly joyful, my brethren, whenever you are enveloped in or encounter trials (trouble) of any sort or fall into various temptations. Be assured and understand that the trial and proving of your faith bring out endurance and steadfastness and patience. But let endurance and steadfastness and patience have full play and do a thorough work, so that you may be [people] perfectly and fully developed [with no defects], lacking in nothing. This is saying trouble in your life has a purpose for your good.

Paul had this SingleVISION when in Philippians he tells us that being in Pauls being in prison was for Gods good purpose: Now I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel. As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ. Because of my chains, most of the brothers in the Lord have been encouraged to speak the word of God more courageously and fearlessly. And Paul tells us in Romans: Moreover [let us also be full of joy now!] let us exult and triumph in our troubles and rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that pressure and affliction and hardship produce patient and unswerving endurance. That is what Gods children know when they have trouble: trouble works Fathers purpose in my life.

Wake up! When you have trouble, understand, IT IS NOT ABOUT YOU. See the way Paul puts it to the Corinthians: Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of sympathy (pity and mercy) and the God [Who is the Source] of every comfort (consolation and encouragement), Who comforts (consoles and encourages) us in every trouble (calamity and affliction), so that we may also be able to comfort (console and encourage) those who are in any kind of trouble or distress, with the comfort (consolation and encouragement) with which we ourselves are comforted (consoled and encouraged) by God.

When we, by faith, see that God has a purpose for the trouble we face, we dont grit our teeth and just get through it as any lost person would. No! When we have grown in the Lord enough to see Him in all things, we go through the trouble and we rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory.

Hello! Trouble in your life is working in you exactly what God wants: No trouble seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. Kiss the whip. The One Who holds it is loving you and not only you, but those for whom your experience may bless in days to come.

Look to Jesus for your example. This SingleVISION is the way Jesus endured the cross: Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. The cross was no joy, but Fathers purpose was. Jesus knew that the trouble of the cross was not the end. The end or goal was to Gods glory.

Let us say with Paul, I consider that our present sufferings (trouble) are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. By faith we see God at work in all our troubles, bringing about His purpose and our good. AMEN!

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