Job 1:12 (NLT) “All right, you may test him,” the LORD said to Satan. “Do whatever you want with everything he possesses, but don’t harm him physically.” So Satan left the LORD’s presence.

Tragedy can strike anyone. When it does, you may feel as if you have no hope. You may wish you could just die and get it over with. But even after tragedy has devastated your life, God will redirect your course toward a bright future. Consider in today’s devotion a good man named (Job) who went before you.

Though he was a righteous man, Job lost everything. His ten chil¬dren were killed, and he lost his riches and health. All this happened in a matter of days! He was left with a despairing wife and three friends who blamed him for his own misfortune. Job cried out, “If my sadness could be weighed (it) would be heavier than all the sands of the sea , I wish he would reach out his hand and kill me, I do not have the strength to endure. I do not have a goal that encourages me to carry on.” (Job 6:2, 9, 11) Has life ever hit you like this?

Job didn’t know that the end of his life would be even better than the beginning. God restored everything he had lost, and then some. The Bible says, “Then he died, an old man who had lived a long, good life.” (Job 42:17)- And you today my sisters and brothers can live a long good life !

Point to ponder- Are you grieving the loss of someone you love? Maybe you have lost your job and can’t provide for your family. Maybe you see no purpose in your life right now. Even when you’re pressed to the point of death, you can rightfully hope that God will redirect the course of your life. And God will do it for you great people of God!

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