The book of Job tells of a devastating series of events that tragically center upon one mans life. In the above passage, his wife has seen enough. ‘Job, you are the ultimate looser! You might as well call it a day. God’s finished with you, just curse Him and die already!
How many times do we feel like God is finished with us? And not in a good way? Every door is shut, and there are no windows to climb through. You seek direction, but you get no answers. There is only silence when you pray. And all the plans you made because you thought it was Gods will, well, that didn’t work out quite right. And that’s when you hear from the world about how messed up you really are.
So, what are you going to do?
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
Indeed, should we?
This has been a recurring theme of late, I know, but it needs to be….embraced! God needs us to be strong in Him. And it will not come without pain and sacrifice. Jesus said in this world we would have trouble. Not might have trouble. Would. This is where we learn to trust God. This is where we must believe His word. This is where we will test our faith, and see if it has any substance to it. This is where we make our most critical choice.
You may have a knot in your stomach, and a dry taste in your mouth. You may feel like all hell is looking over your shoulder as you read this. Maybe it is. And you are going to either turn and face everything that is trying to crush the life out of you, or you are going to curse God and die. It’s that simple. God does have a plan. But we have to go through, not around the mess to get to it.
Job did, in fact, learn and grow from his experiences. In fact he was blessed with twice as much as he had before. But he had to go THROUGH to reach the other side. We must find the courage to do the same.