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Pastor Rick continues with the second devotion in the book of Job as Job and his friends struggle to find a reason for suffering. We learn that God has a plan, is always in control, and is with Job all through his tribulation. God has a plan for us, too, and he is always with when we suffer. When we come through sufferint, we gain a deeper understanding of God, learn that our wisdom is primitive, and that we need to repent.


God is in charge and he never promised us an easy life. But if you are born-again, god loves you and he helps you through the trials and troubles of life.


Psalm 112

Psalm 112 goes with Psalm 111 and tells us of God’s work in man. It also reminds us that we will have struggles in life, but God will bless us. Be sure to watch Pastor Rick’s Psalm 111 Devotional too.


“Does any among uou suffer?”

  • Suffering refers to more than just sickness (James 5:9–14):
    • Suffering refers to discipline, trials, injustice, persecution, and oppression as well as illness.
    • No matter what the cost of perseverence may be, there is the challenge to bear-up under the difficulty and do it well, because we don’t know what God is intending to do and bring about in the midst of the trial.
    • The point is communion with God—meeting God where He desires to be met.
  • As a believer in Jesus Christ, you are a soldier (2 Timothy 2:1–6), and will suffer the trials of a soldier. As a soldier, know this (courtesy of former chaplain at Arlington National Cemetery):
    • You must say goodbye to the world you once knew.
    • The world around you will continue to change.
    • There is always an enemy.
    • You’ve got to maintain success in a highly competitive world and situation.
    • Severity involved in service and training is to be expected.
    • Soldiers are not designed for garrison life.
    • There is a great celebration at home for victory.
  • Suffering may be for discipline (Hebrews 12:1–17):
    • This is the suffering for Jesus Christ—the suffering under the hand of a mighty God who would cause us to be more like Him.
    • The call is to pray, to commune with your Father.
    • Let God do the determining of the ultimate lesson.
  • Remember you are a soldier, and remember you are a son.

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