“But Job replied, “You talk like a foolish woman. Should we accept only good things from the hand of God and never anything bad?” So in all this, Job said nothing wrong.”
Job 2:10 NLT
The book of job is one of my favorites. From start to finish, you see a story of redemption, as the grace of God reveals itself time and time again. As I was re-reading the book of job, this verse slapped me in the face, and I couldn’t help but share it with you guys.
Can I confess something? When things have happened in my life to hurt me or deeply disappoint me, I’ve found myself asking the question many people do in hard times: WHY? Why, God, did you allow this to happen? But that’s not the confession. The confession is I’ve taken it a step further.
In grappling with the “why” question, I’ve often looked for how God has used the situation—to shape me, to make me look more like Him, which is good. But in my heart I haven’t just looked for the good God brought from a bad situation, I’ve essentially said, “Okay, God, I see how You’re using this for good, so I guess it’s okay You allowed it to happen.” Dang! In doing this, I make myself the judge when God is the only rightful One—and that’s sinful.
What I’ve learned is that I won’t always get the “why” question answered, but in time I will begin to see the good God brought from it. And when I do, I must not see it as a justification of Him, allowing whatever He did to happen. But rather, my heart should be given over in worship of God for grace utterly undeserved.
So many of us are the foolish Christians job speaks about in the above scripture. Time after time, we love when God’s blessings pour down on us, and we’re excited for them! But the second they’re gone, or something terrible happens to us, we suddenly have the attitude of Job’s wife, wanting to curse God, and stop worshipping him simply because problems arise.
Jeez! Even in my own life, I had to say God; I’m sorry for being a foolish Christian! And a selfish one at that! Job lost EVERYTHING. His livestock, all his children, his servants, even his health declined. Yet he still chose to be a man of integrity. He chose to be a man who continued to trust and have faith in the God we serve! God, in our times of adversity, please help us have the heart and attitude of your servant job, to continue to seek and worship you with joy in our hearts!
If today you feel like you’re going through hell, I want to encourage you to keep going. God is still good! He is still faithful! He can redeem and restore; all you need is faith! Job is an incredible book to read when you are going through trials! Time and time again, Job has such favor in the eyes of God! Scripture tells us how much God adores Job!
“Then the Lord asked Satan, “Have you noticed my servant Job? He is the finest man in all the earth. He is blameless—a man of complete integrity. He fears God and stays away from evil. And he has maintained his integrity, even though you urged me to harm him without cause.”
Job 2:3 NLT
Maybe you feel like you are Job, where you haven’t cursed God, and are trying to remain faithful in this season, keep holding on, God sees your heart & he will reward your faithfulness! Be encouraged!
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