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by James Padgett
An oft said phrase in the teachings of Mormonism is this: "Endure to the end." This line can be found numerous times in the Standard Works of the Church. The question asked in relation to this is - How does one endure to the end?
In an earlier post I have tried to answer this question using the example of Christ found in the book of Matthew (See Withstanding Temptations Through Christ). I now come back to this topic using the example of Job, of the Old Testament. The prophets of the scripture have all had their great trials and tribulations - Moses leading Israel; David fighting Goliath; Elijah with the prophets of Baal; etc. - but the man that impresses me the most with perseverance is Job.
Job, in the beginning of his record, had it all - land, house, workers, crop, animals, etc. - the scripture says that he "was the greatest of all the men of the east." In addition to this he was also a man of great faith in Jesus Christ. It is written "that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil." (Job 1:3, 1 respectively)
There came a time in his life that he was greatly tempted of the devil to see whether or not he would still be a man of great faith. At first his herds were taken, his servants were taken, and even all of his children were taken from him. Job's reply to all of this was: "Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord." (Job 1:21)
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The lesson I get out of his reply is that we are all born with nothing. All things on the earth, and the earth itself, were created by the Lord, and anything we gain in this life is thanks to him. We should thank the Lord for the things we have while we have them. And when those things are no longer in our lives we can be glad we had them when we did, and know the Lord is still in charge.
After being tested with the things around him, and proving himself faithful, Job was tried again. This time with physical ailments. From head to foot he was covered in boils. His reply to this one? "What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil?" (Job 2:10)
His comment echoes a great truth: Sometimes bad things happen to good people. Life doesn't always go perfect, even if you are doing your best to be righteous and faithful. Sometimes a challenge presents itself. It is in those times that we must do our best to keep our faith strong in the Lord Jesus Christ.
In our challenging circumstances, let us remember these words of Job: "Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him. He also shall be my salvation" (Job 13:15-16).
Listen to Al Fox share her feelings on how and why we should press forward, enduring to the end with faith:
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