Job’s Character and Wealth and SPIRITUAL GROWTH
1 There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job; and that man was blameless, upright, fearing God and turning away from evil. Job 2:10New American Standard Bible (NASB)
10 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?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips.
Acts 12:2-11New American Standard Bible (NASB)
2 And he had James the brother of John put to death with a sword. 3 When he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to arrest Peter also. Now [a]it was during the days of Unleavened Bread. 4 When he had seized him, he put him in prison, delivering him to four [b]squads of soldiers to guard him, intending after the Passover to bring him out before the people. 5 So Peter was kept in the prison, but prayer for him was being made fervently by the church to God.
6 On [c]the very night when Herod was about to bring him forward, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and guards in front of the door were watching over the prison. 7 And behold, an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared and a light shone in the cell; and he struck Peter’s side and woke him up, saying, “Get up quickly.” And his chains fell off his hands. 8 And the angel said to him, “Gird yourself and [d]put on your sandals.” And he did so. And he *said to him, “Wrap your cloak around you and follow me.” 9 And he went out and continued to follow, and he did not know that what was being done by the angel was real, but thought he was seeing a vision. 10 When they had passed the first and second guard, they came to the iron gate that leads into the city, which opened for them by itself; and they went out and went along one street, and immediately the angel departed from him. 11 When Peter came [e]to himself, he said, “Now I know for sure that the Lord has sent forth His angel and rescued me from the hand of Herod and from all [f]that the Jewish people were expecting.”
Romans 8:28 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
HOW DOES GOD HELP ME DEAL WITH THE PROBLEMS IN MY LIFE? Exodus 5:22-23New American Standard Bible (NASB)
22 Then Moses returned to the Lord and said, “O Lord, why have You brought harm to this people? Why did You ever send me? 23 Ever since I came to Pharaoh to speak in Your name, he has done harm to this people, and You have not delivered Your people at all.” Job 5:17-26New American Standard Bible (NASB)
17 “Behold, how happy is the man whom God reproves,
So do not despise the discipline of [a]the Almighty.
18 “For He inflicts pain, and [b]gives relief;
He wounds, and His hands also heal.
19 “[c]From six troubles He will deliver you,
Even in seven evil will not touch you.
20 “In famine He will redeem you from death,
And in war from the power of the sword.
21 “You will be hidden from the scourge of the tongue,
And you will not be afraid of violence when it comes.
22 “You will laugh at violence and famine,
And you will not be afraid of [d]wild beasts.
23 “For you will be in league with the stones of the field,
And the beasts of the field will be at peace with you.
24 “You will know that your tent is secure,
For you will visit your abode and fear no loss.
25 “You will know also that your [e]descendants will be many,
And your offspring as the grass of the earth.
26 “You will come to the grave in full vigor,
Like the stacking of grain in its season. Psalm 106:40-42 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
40 Therefore the anger of the Lord was kindled against His people
And He abhorred His [a]inheritance.
41 Then He gave them into the hand of the [b]nations,
And those who hated them ruled over them.
42 Their enemies also oppressed them,
And they were subdued under their [c]power. Philippians 1:29New American Standard Bible (NASB)
29 For to you it has been granted for Christ’s sake, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake, 1 Thessalonians 3:1-3New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Encouragement of Timothy’s Visit
3 Therefore when we could endure it no longer, we thought it best to be left behind at Athens alone, 2 and we sent Timothy, our brother and God’s fellow worker in the gospel of Christ, to strengthen and encourage you as to your faith, 3 so that no one would be [a]disturbed by these afflictions; for you yourselves know that we have been destined for this. Hebrews 11:35-39 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
35 Women received back their dead by resurrection; and others were tortured, not accepting their [a]release, so that they might obtain a better resurrection; 36 and others [b]experienced mockings and scourgings, yes, also chains and imprisonment. 37 They were stoned, they were sawn in two, [c]they were tempted, they were put to death with the sword; they went about in sheepskins, in goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, ill-treated 38 (men of whom the world was not worthy), wandering in deserts and mountains and caves and holes [d]in the ground.
39 And all these, having [e]gained approval through their faith, did not receive [f]what was promised,