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“Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord—that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful.”


and seen the end intended by the Lord—

The “end” is the outcome of the Lord’s dealings with Job.  This is the purpose that God had in store for Job.  God always looks at the ultimate end of our suffering.  God seemed for far away to Job, but His compassion was there all the time.


God never wastes any adversity that comes our way, for He has a purpose in everything that happens to us. 


When we take confidence in God’s purpose for suffering, we develop tenacity of soul.  It is worth waiting for God’s purpose for our life.  He never wastes any event in our life.  Each thing that comes into our lives is under His eternal design.  He concurs with each event in our life.  He may not approve of some things we choose to do, but He allows us to do it. 

God does everything according to a plan.  Nothing is random in that plan.  God can see the end from the beginning, so His plan is perfect. 

Job 42:10-17, “And the Lord restored Job’s losses when he prayed for his friends. Indeed the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before. 11 Then all his brothers, all his sisters, and all those who had been his acquaintances before, came to him and ate food with him in his house; and they consoled him and comforted him for all the adversity that the Lord had brought upon him. Each one gave him a piece of silver and each a ring of gold. 12 Now the Lord blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning; for he had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, one thousand yoke of oxen, and one thousand female donkeys. 13 He also had seven sons and three daughters. 14 And he called the name of the first Jemimah, the name of the second Keziah, and the name of the third Keren-Happuch. 15 In all the land were found no women so beautiful as the daughters of Job; and their father gave them an inheritance among their brothers. 16 After this Job lived one hundred and forty years, and saw his children and grandchildren for four generations. 17 So Job died, old and full of days.”