Job 33: 29-30 ” God does all these things to a man – twice, even three times – to turn back his soul from the pit, that the light of life may shine on him.”

After Job’s  three friends had been unable to win their argument that he, (Job), was being punished by God… a young man by the name of Elihu stood to speak.  (Now you can read his entire speech in Chapters 32-37 of Job.)  Elihu’s assertion was that God was instructing or teaching Job…that even in all the trials and suffering he was going through, Job was to trust God.  (Interestingly enough, when God started to speak, He never condemned Elihu’s words like He did Job’s and his three friends!)   Now the Lord allows righteous people to suffer and go through trials everyday…but it’s not out of punishment, but to strengthen their faith and trust in Him.  And when we should wander from the truth, God faithfully keeps bringing us back, that we may see the error of our way and turn.  (James 5:19)

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