Scripture Reading 2: Job 23:10 But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold
Reflections: In his epistle, James teaches us that suffering is a natural part of our spiritual journey (James 5:9-10). He reminds us of Job’s perseverance in the face of adversity and encourages us to learn from his example (James 5:11). One of the critical lessons we can take from Job’s experience is his understanding that suffering can produce positive outcomes. Job compared it to refining gold, where the impurities are burned away, leaving only pure gold. This process adds value to the gold and makes it more precious. Similarly, in moments of suffering, it’s important to remember that God has a divine purpose for allowing it to happen and that this purpose will eventually be revealed. By keeping this in mind, we can find the strength to endure and hold on until the suffering has passed.
Prayer: Dear Lord, May I never forget that any suffering you allow me to go through will produce positive outcomes.
Confession: Something good will come out of any suffering God permits me to go through.