His wife said to him, “Are you still trying to maintain your integrity? Curse God and die.” But Job replied, “You talk like a foolish woman. Should we accept only good things from the hand of God and never anything bad?” Job 2:10 (NLT)
With all the calamity that had befallen Job, you would have thought he’d have agreed with his wife. But Job was a righteous man who loved God. He asked an interesting question. Should we accept only blessings and never the trials and suffering that can come our way? Has God stopped being God? Had He suddenly become evil? No. Frankly, we cannot know all the reasons God has for doing what He does at times. That may seem like a cop out response, but if you know the Lord intimately, you know that "… (His) thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways (His) ways,"… . 1
Regardless of our circumstances, God is always worthy of our praise. As a matter of fact I believe we should start each prayer thanking Him for who He is and what He has done and by faith, will do. We don’t pray or praise God for His benefit, but rather for ours.
Job’s wife was foolish. Some translations use the word ungodly in place of foolish. At that very moment she had become a tool of Satan to drive a wedge between Job and His God. Job was relentless in his faith and trusted Him even when death and destruction lie all about him.
Only fools say in their hearts, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, and their actions are evil; not one of them does good! Psalm 14:1
It is my contention that God either causes or allows all things that happen to us in our lives. I may not like everything the Lord brings my way, but I have grown to accept it as His will, especially if I haven’t done anything to reap such consequences. It is then, not when things are going well, that our faith and trust gets excercised. Are we going to trust in God only when we have no problems? No, we are to trust Him and honor His name with our reactions to whatever situation we may find ourselves in. Guard your integrity and stand for God in spite of any trial you may encounter. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!
1 Isaiah 55:8