I´ll be 55 on Tuesday. After Experiencing Calamities like Job, I´m a Blessed Man!

There have been days, during the past five years, when I have felt that I was dropped into Knut Hamsun´s novel, "Hunger"....

There have been days, during the past five years, when I have felt that I was dropped into Knut Hamsun´s novel, “Hunger”….

I´m a happy man!

On Tuesday, I´ll be 55 years old. No apologies. That’s my age!

Thank you, Jesus, for a rich life!

I´m so happy that my beautiful wife Aina is hosting a reception for me. It´s moving, actually.

The past five years have been the most testing of my life. I was left for dead. I now understand sickness and betrayal. More than ever, I also understand and appreciate friendship, blessing, restoration and hope:

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11).

No hard feelings. Just gratitude.

In many ways I have been like Job of the Bible. His life has encouraged me throughout the ordeals.

Norwegian Wikipedia sums up Job´s life in this way:

“Job was a very rich and well-to-do man. The Bible relates how the devil tried to make him quit serving God by exposing him to accidents. Job was deprived of his health and a great deal of his wealth. Three friends, Eliphaz, Bildad and Zophar, come to comfort Job. They say he must have done something wrong so that he now is punished with calamities. At the end of the story comes a fourth comforter, Elihu, onto the scene. He criticizes first and foremost the three friends, but also Job himself, for what they have said about God”.

The story about Job ends in this way:

“So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went and did as the Lord commanded them; for the Lord had accepted Job.  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. 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. 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. He also had seven sons and three daughters.  And he called the name of the first Jemimah, the name of the second Keziah, and the name of the third Keren-Happuch. 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. After this Job lived one hundred and forty years, and saw his children and grandchildren for four generations.  So Job died, old and full of days” (Job 42:9-17).

I celebrate the life that JESUS has given me!

About Jan-Aage Torp

Jan-Aage Torp - married to Aina; born in Japan; raised in Thailand; educated in USA; Director of European Apostolic Leaders (EAL); pastors Restoration Oslochurch with Aina.
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