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Nothing is Endless;
Nothing is Pointless
At the very least, all trials and suffering will end when Jesus returns. At the very least, we will understand the reasons why when He comes back and tells us.
No one gets to choose their own problems; no one gets to pick their trials—yet we all have them! Seriously, what would you choose? “I’d like double breast cancer, please, with a side of a nasty divorce, and oh yes, please let me die by the time I’m 45 years old, leaving my children motherless.” “Oh no, I’d prefer to have my child born with a debilitating disease so that we are reduced to severe poverty and have my husband lose his hand in an industrial accident and have to work two jobs just to pay the rent and groceries so that I have no time or energy for anything else.” Seriously?! No! None of us would choose any of those things, or any of the trials we currently have, either. But, we all are going to face trials and have problems. Since we can’t escape them, what are we to do?

When we are in the midst of a trial, especially a severe trial where our very foundations are being shaken, it is tempting to give up. It seems that it would be easier to throw in the towel and quit, at least for a while. Job, in the Bible, did not do this; Job persevered until He heard from God Himself. We must call to mind what the Scripture teaches: that our trials have been filtered through the providence of our loving heavenly Father and are for our benefit.

“The Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job? For there is no one like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, fearing God and turning away from evil.” Then Satan answered the Lord, “Does Job fear God for nothing? Have You not made a hedge about him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. But put forth Your hand now and touch all that he has; he will surely curse You to Your face.” Then the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your power, only do not put forth your hand on him.” Job 1:8-12

It is only our feelings, our emotions, that whisper, 'This will never end; you must give up now.' Even Job’s wife said as much: “Then his wife said to him, “Do you still hold fast your integrity? Curse God and die!”  Job 2:9 But our spirit and our heart will say, ‘I think I should keep trusting God and see what He will do.' And that was Job’s attitude: “But he said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God and not accept adversity?” Job 2:10 Job did not know about the conversation God had with Satan in the first chapter quoted above: all He knew was that God is good. We must trust our God for His character, not for what we see going on around us. “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” James 1:2-4 God has a greater purpose, and He doesn’t owe us an explanation! At the very least, all trials and suffering will end when Jesus returns. At the very least, we will understand the reasons why when He comes back and tells us. There IS a purpose, and there IS an end.

But what is the point? Are we just proving that we can endure? Why would God do this? It is not for us to question the plans and purposes of God; He does not answer to us. Is He your Lord? Can He do as He chooses in your life? And if not, then do not call Him 'Lord', because He is not your Lord if you will not do as He says. "Why do you call me 'Lord, Lord,' and do not do what I say?" Luke 6:46 If He says, 'go through the fire', or, 'walk through the flood', will you really argue with Him? Especially when He has promised,

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they will not overflow you.
When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, Nor will the flame burn you.” Isaiah 43:2

It is tempting to say, 'If I only knew the reason why, then I would do it without complaint.' But He is under no obligation to you to explain Himself. You must trust Him; you must trust His character: "The Lord, the Lord! Gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness." Exodus 34:6 And if you do not know the 'why' of it all until He comes back or takes you home, would that be a bad thing? Because you WILL know and understand it then, when you see Him face to face.

Have faith; be of good courage. There is a purpose, even if we don't know it yet. Nothing is endless, and nothing is pointless. We serve a great God. 

    
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