Job laments that the prime of life seems to have passed him by—a time when the friendship of God—His intimacy and blessing—had been strong upon his life.
Joseph came from a dysfunctional family but was destined for leadership. Though he suffered greatly, he never felt cheated or victimized. He believed it was all part of a glorious redemption story.
Jesus calms the storm and reminds us that His presence is "unsinkable" and that there are always beautifully redemptive "other sides" to the storms in our lives.
Elisabeth Kübler-Ross said "Beautiful people do not just happen." And she's right. Beautiful people don't just happen, they rise out of ashes!
A true test of faith. Satan's big case against Job: He will only worship God in the good times, but if God took away all of his blessings, then Job would curse him to his face.
A DREAM or VISION which costs nothing and demands nothing is worth nothing. Leaders, if we’re going to realize our dreams and materialize our vision, we’re going to have to suffer the most. We’re going to have to work long and hard hours doing things that are less than glamorous. We’re going to have to strive, sacrifice, hurt, cry, and bleed. Hardest of all, we’re going to have to do those things well; keeping the cool, calm reserve of a steadfast leader.