Sometimes, we encounter someone who will comment on a certain scene, "Worst possible scenario!" That comment was obviously an overstatement, especially when it is just a small conflict or problem. But each of us dreads the thought of something in particular: financial loss, the death of a child or spouse, cancer, or another loss or hardship. The book of Job is a case study in worst possible scenarios. Yet, Job wisely assessed God's role in trying circumstances of loss and poor health: "He knows the way that I take; when He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold" (Job 23:10).
From this wise statement, we can learn two valuable lessons. One is that what we dread most can be used to test our character and make us stronger. The other is that God will provide the strength and comfort to see us through. The living God can take the fear out of living.
Cling to God. He has promised to work on our behalf, even in the worst possible scenario. God often sends us joy through pain, through bitter loss and divinest gain. Yet, through it all, dark days or bright, let us know that our Father leads aright.