It’s Been Filtered


A few years ago, we got a new furnace.  Along with that, we decided to go with one of the clean-air filters since Rachel and I were both having allergy troubles.  With this filter, as the furnace turns on, the air is filtered before it reaches us.


Did you know that God also filters things before they come to us?  In Job 1:6-12 and Job 2:1-6, we see where Satan approaches the throne of God.  When God points out Job, his righteous servant, Satan attacks Job’s character, stating that Job only serves God because God has made things very easy for Job.  God allows Satan to afflict Job’s belongings and Job’s family.  After seeing that Job didn’t sin in all of this, Satan approaches God again.  As the accuser of the brethren (Rev. 12:10), Satan declares that if God allowed physical pain and suffering into Job’s life, Job would curse God.  Once again, we see God allowing Satan to bring terrible affliction upon Job, yet Job still didn’t sin.


When we face trials in this world, we shouldn’t be surprised.  God uses those trials to let us share in the sufferings of our Lord.  In the end, we will be overjoyed because we will see God’s glory revealed.  When suffering according to God’s will, we need to commit ourselves to God, continuing to do good, knowing that He can work good in us and through us.  Once we come through the trial, we will realize that is was good for us to be afflicted because that very affliction has caused us to learn much more about out God. (I Pet. 4:12-19; Rom. 8:28; Ps. 119:71)


Everything you face has been “Father-filtered.”

© 2004, Stacy R Miller


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. lorettabouillon
    Sep 20, 2014 @ 12:53:59

    Great message! Thank you.


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