THE PAIN PASSES
Pierre Renoir, the famous French painter, was severely afflicted with arthritis. Over the years, his hands became twisted, and whenever he painted the pain was intense. However, he would not quit.
One day a friend who was watching him paint asked, “How can you paint with the pain that causes you so much torture?”
Thoughtfully he answered, “The pain passes, but the beauty remains.”
Job was a godly man who was wealthy and influential. For most of his life, he was prosperous and free from any serious problems. One day his life fell apart. Within a short time, he lost nearly everything he had, suffered greatly, was severely criticized and condemned by his friends. But, he never lost his faith in God.
Though he never learned the reason for his losses and suffering, he never questioned God’s judgment. He believed that an all-powerful, all-loving God was acting in his best interests. In the midst of his trials, he said, “When He has tried me I shall come out as gold.” That’s trust!
Prayer: Lord, may we believe that what You bring into our lives will ultimately work for our best. Give us faith when we are troubled and trust when we doubt Your love. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: Job 23:10-12 But he knows where I am going. And when he tests me, I will come out as pure as gold. For I have stayed on God’s paths; I have followed his ways and not turned aside. I have not departed from his commands, but have treasured his words more than daily food.