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Vantage Point


Coming Through Suffering

Every year our Surviving Tragedy issue is one of our most popular.

Why? I think it’s because these are always real stories about real people who have gone through real tragedies … and triumphed!

The message of these true-life experiences is not that God will keep you from all problems, but that He will bring you through them.

The Book of Job tells the story of a wealthy man who was “blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil” (1:1, NIV). Yet he was not impervious to harm. Job, through no fault of his own, went through catastrophic loss. Calamity and attack took the lives of his children and most of his possessions.

His immediate reaction? He worshipped God and said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised” (1:21). Verse 22 adds, “In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.” Job held fast even when his wife said to him, “Are you still holding on to your integrity? Curse God and die!” (2:9).

From this point, though, Job reacts unevenly, initially suffering in silence before proclaiming his sorrow. His friends, “miserable comforters” (16:2), only make his suffering worse.

Through 42 chapters, readers of the Bible find a man with raw emotions, wrestling with God, the bad counsel of his friends, and his own identity. Though Job wavers, even disagreeing with God at times, he comes through spiritually intact and, eventually, better than before.

He repents before God and prays for his friends. “After Job had prayed for his friends, the Lord made him prosperous again and gave him twice as much as he had before” (42:10).

In this issue you will read true stories of people who were not spared suffering, but clung to God and came through in victory with their faith intact.

Ken Horn

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