But he said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish women would speak. Shall we receive good from God, and shall we not receive evil?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips. Job 2:10
Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.
– William Arthur Ward
For those of you who do not know the story of Job; Job was a man of integrity before God. he was a prosperous man, who cared to be right with God so much that he even offered sacrifice for his kids in case they had offended God in some way. Satan goes to god, during a meeting and says I’ve been running all over the earth looking for who to devour. And God actually brings up Job, “have you considered my servant Job?“. Satan tells God, I cant even touch Him you have him all cuddled up, happy and rich, I bet if you let me at him he will not be so faithful.
God takes away the hedge of protection he had around Job, and tell s the devil- do anything you want but you cannot kill him. The enemy ends up taking Jobs kids, his riches and his health. And Job undergoes quite the trial. His wife who was alongside the entire time, sees his suffering and says just curse God and die! In other words, whats the point, just give up on God; He is doing you an justice anyhow.
Of all people, his wife should have sympathized with his suffering not give him such froward advice. This is a perfect example of what someone without conviction, and without reverence for God, would say. Job calls his wife foolish. And brings up a good point, how can we accept the good things from God and not accept also the bad things. Sometimes the best thing for us to do when someone is going through a hard time, is to stay quiet. We should offer support and comfort, not cause anger or bitterness. We should definitely avoid jumping to conclusions, or coming up with reasons as to why the individual may be going through a hard time.
Jobs friends actually argued with him, and were convinced that all the negativity occurred because of some secret sin Job had committed. They couldn’t be more wrong!
We don’t have all the answers, but we serve a God who does.
When we read through the entire book of job, one thing is for certain God allowed these things to happen to Job. God knew that Job would be faithful til the end. And God gave him more than he lost in the first place. I have noticed that God usually restores us to a better place than where we had left off. God asks Job: Where were you when I created the heavens and earth? Where were you when I decided the ocean to stop by sands? Who counseled me when I placed the stars in their place, and the galaxies in the atmosphere?
This must have been a humbling experience for Job,. He may not have been guilty of any known sins, but I’m sure he reconsidered his take on sin after God stated His case. Sometimes we need to humble ourselves, and recognize that God is God. We are not God. And if we must go through this and that it must be for a valuable purpose. Even though we may wonder “why me?”, or “how much longer?” We don’t have all the answers, but we serve a God who does.
God is a God of purpose, and we must stand on that.
The bible says all things work together for Good, for those who love God and are called by and for His purpose, this means that life has a happy ending. Life is hard for everyone, it has ups and downs, uncertainties, broken promises and hopes deferred but with Jesus there is a hope of everlasting life. There is a hope for a time where there would be no more suffering, no more death, sorrow: no more tears. If you are anything like me, your heart believes this but your mind says I don’t want to wait for everlasting life- I want a happy ending now. The truth of the matter is, we must train our minds to see the good in life and make the best of it. Life truly is what we make it, I get this reminder every time I find myself at the verge of depression. Sometimes accepting life, is a quiet space: no emotion, just stillness. And this is how we can move forward, and find the many purposes which life will soon unfold. Yes, there is a reason for every season.
My savior and my God, I thank you for this hope which you have placed in our hearts. Which many are oblivious to. I simply come before you to ask you for the grace to endure and your mercy to reach us at our lowest in our lack. I pray you would hide our hearts in you, and give us the necessary strength to move forward in you, towards your purpose in calling us. May we received new revelation, of your love. May we received a deeper conviction, that you are for us. In Jesus name, Amen.