Pierre Renoir, the famous French painter, was severely afflicted with arthritis. Over the years his hands became twisted and whenever he painted, the pain was intense. However, he would not quit.
One day a friend who was watching him paint asked, “How can you paint with the pain causing you so much torture?”
Thoughtfully he answered, “The pain passes, but the beauty remains.”
Job was a godly man, who was wealthy and influential. For most of his life he was prosperous and free from any serious problems. One day his life fell apart. Within a short time he lost nearly everything that he had and was severely criticized and condemned by his friends. But he never lost his faith in God.
Though he never learned the reason for his losses and suffering, he never questioned God’s judgment. He believed that an all-powerful God was acting in ways that were in his best interest. In the midst of his trials he said, “When he has tried me I shall come out as gold.”
Prayer: Lord, may we always believe that what You bring into our lives will ultimately work for our best. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture: Job 23:11-12