40 years in wilderness vs. Job

“God whispers in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pain: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.”
~C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain
I think sometimes we Christians have a wrong concept of God’s dealings with us! The children of Israel wandered in the desert for 40 years as a consequence of their actions: they did not believe God.
Let us contrast that with Job. What he did not know was that the accuser of the brethren (Rev. 12:10) was responsible for his troubles (Job 1:9, 11) and that God had put a hedge of protection around him (v. 10). Chapters one and two clearly show the devices that Satan prepared against Job: fire from “heaven” consumed his sheep, a band of thieves carried off his camels, a wind destroyed the house where his children were killing them all, and finally he attacked Job’s body.
God does indeed correct us because He loves us (Rev. 3:19), but not with any self-serving motive.
For truly for a few days they chastened us after their own pleasure, but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. Heb. 12:10
The Bible tells us not to despise His chastening (Heb. 12:5) and that God corrects us out of His love for us (v. 6) as His sons and daughters (v. 7). Yielding to Him produces an interior change that is exhibited on the exterior. The only way we can be “patient in tribulation” (Rom.12:12) is with God’s help!
So as James advises, let patience have her perfect work so that you may be pefect and entire (Jas. 1:4).


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