“He replied, ‘You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?’ In all this, Job did not sin in what he said.” Job 2:10

Meditation: Job was a wealthy man who was at the pinnacle of what we would call success. He was very rich,  had a close family and was the all-around good guy. But then it all went away. In a matter of hours, his children were gone, his wealth and even his health. But in the midst of all of it, he did not curse God. Even his wife counseled him to “curse God and die.” His answer was the answer of a truly righteous man: “shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?” He still would not blame God.
We now live in times of trouble. Many have lost everything, either to the poor economy or to the investment scams abounding in society today. Some have lost jobs, homes, children, loved ones, or their health. Our challenge is to remain focused on God through it all and not blame God or turn from God. We need to serve Him and worship Him even as Job continued to do through his troubles. Jesus said we would have trouble in this world, but He added that we could take heart, because He has overcome the world. Many people get stuck on the “Why?” of tragedies or loss. It is the wrong question to ask. Just like Job and his so-called friends, we may never know why things happened. Wouldn’t be nice to know when we get to heaven that our troubles were because God was bragging on us? Let’s live lives worthy of God bragging on us even when we face trouble. The questions to ask when faced with trouble are “What am I going to do with this problem? How will God be glorified through it? When we focus on those questions, we can better remain focused on the Lord.
Yes, like Job, we may anguish over the loss of children or loved ones. Abruptly losing a job is a painful experience. Mourning and pain may be involved with trouble and loss. God admonished Job at the end of the book for his attempt to justify himself, not for his crying out in anguish and pain. When Job asked “Why?” God did not answer his question, but answered with His majesty and awesomeness. Job could do nothing but acknowledge God for who He is. We need to do the same.

Challenge: When you face trouble, do you continue to glorify and praise God or do you lash out at Him, your spouse, children, employer or anyone near to you? Do you accept the trouble a well as you accept God’s goodness? Do you seek ways to work through the problem and remain faithful to your Creator? Do you acknowledge God for who He is and seek answers to the “What?” and “How?” questions rather than the “Why?”

Thought for the Day: Lord, help me to remain focused on you in the good times and when trouble comes. Help me to take heart because You have overcome the world.

Chris Garner

Used by permission - Fortified Marriages.


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