Suffering for Righteousness

Richard Waialeale

Job 32:1 (NIV)
1 So these three men stopped answering Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes.

Job was suffering not for his sin but for his righteousness. How do you suffer for righteousness? Last week a dear friend went home to be with the Lord.
Brian Chang passed away on the night of October 31st, Halloween night, due to multiple health complications. Brian had recently battled cancer, and was in remission, but he still suffered from other physical ailments that caused discomfort to the point of death. I remember on Sunday Brian saying to me how he felt like Job because of what he was going through - yet he never really complained about his condition or did he ever complain to God, but just wanted to serve the Lord.
In this chapter of Job, he describes his physical agony, and how he felt his life was vanishing, a nighttime of misery, like a sword piercing his bones causing this unending pain. Yet he never cursed God.

Here are six things I’ve learned to do when rebuilding through pain and suffering:
1. Release you grief.
Release them to God in prayer. The Bible calls it crying out to God.
2. Resist bitterness.
You need to make the decision do I want to be bitter or do I want to get better?
3. Re-evaluate after a total loss.
It is after a major loss that you need to refocus and
re-evaluate and redefine and say, What direction does God want me to take now?
4. Receive help from others.
You need people in your life who are going to be there when the tough times come. That’s why You need two things. You need to join a church family and you need to get in a small group. Why do we do that? Because God knows what’s coming in your life and He wants you to be prepared for it. You need a church family.
5. Rely on the Lord.
You realize that God’s purpose for your life is greater than any
problem you’re ever going to go through.
6. Reach out to others.
God has wired the universe that when we help other people He helps us. When you start helping others He heals you.

Brian did all the above and as we continued to pray for healing on that night of 10/31, contending for his health. All of a sudden God trumped our prayers with a greater miracle. He took Brian home. God blessed him.

Lord I thank you for the hope we have in You. Blessed be the name of the Lord - In Jesus Name I Pray. Amen.

Devotions for November 07

Job 31,32
Galatians 5,6

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