Divine purposeWithout knowing how a sudden lurch in life or an unexpected situation could contribute to a happy ending, at least the Christian trusts that God’s project looks to his well-being and the blessing of all.

Think of how we regard as blessed those who have endured. You have heard of Job’s endurance and you have seen the Lord’s purpose, that the Lord is full of compassion and mercy.
James 5:11 NET

Many versions translate the phrase about the Lord’s purpose this way: “You can see how the Lord was kind to him at the end” (NLT). Recent translations, however, consider the word “end” (Greek: telos) as an indication of purpose rather than a reference to the end of Job’s history. Actually, the two senses of the word merge here.

The last phrase about God’s compassion remind us of passages like Exodus 34.6, Nehemiah 9:17, Psalm 86:15 and 102:13, Joel 2:13 and Jonah 4:2, serving in this way as an affirmation of constancy of the Lord’s benevolent purpose. Job’s case was not an exception.

So just what is the Lord’s purpose? To bless those who persevere. Job’s history, like so many others, proclaims God’s merciful intent.

So take one more step today in his direction.

Merciful Lord, I trust in you, that each moment lived here on earth has the goal of carrying me into your presence. Thank you for giving me the eternal promise which feeds hope. Amen.

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