10 Job answered, “You sound like one of those fools on the street corner! How can we accept all the good things that God gives us and not accept the problems?” So even after all that happened to Job, he did not sin. He did not accuse God of doing anything wrong.
The story of Job is an interesting one. One that has a lot of value for us to learn from. If you have no context to what we are reading, what you need to know is that a Job is an honorable man of God. So much so that God had a meeting with his angels, and Satan was present, and God was gloating about Job.
Satan’s reply was, of course, Job loves you. You protect Him. So God, knowing Job’s heart, said, fine, take everything away from him, as long as he doesn’t get hurt. So Satan took everything from Him. His cattle, his crops, his kids.
Job still didn’t curse God. Then Satan asked if he could just Job physically, and God agreed. He gave him skin sores, and this is where we pick up in this story. Here is this man who has had absolutely everything taken from him. He has gotten bad news in several different directions; he has a skin problem, his children have died, and He still has faith.
His wife questioned him. Do you still have faith? Why don’t you just curse God? she asked, and this verse was his reply.
His words are so powerful they really tugged at my heart when I was reading them. How can we accept all the good things that God gives us and not accept the problems? We all can relate to this. Things can be fine and dandy one day; we have great faith when we get into our dream University, or we land that dream job. We can be full of faith on the days when all is well in the world, and we are planning a wedding or buying a home. But what happens when your life seems to fall apart, and you get bad news. What happens when your family dynamic is shifted, you lose your job, or your body is sick.
We must remember to never curse at God but to confide in him when these things occur so that He can guide us and protect us through it. So I am not sure what you are facing on this beautiful Monday morning, but we have a perfect Father protecting you. We must accept this life for what it is and the cards we are dealt, but we must never forget we can lean on him throughout it all.
Father God, thank you for protecting us, guiding us, strengthening us. We love you with everything in us; remind us to lean on you through it all. When we walk through battles, valleys, and trouble, may we never forget how truly close we are? Jesus, we pray to never curse your name; it is you who we trust with every season in life. We ask that you bless our lives, bless our problems, and bless the day we have ahead of us. It is in your mighty name that we pray, AMEN!