Monday, 27 December 2010

Ya gotta take the bad with the good

But he said to her, "You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?" In all this Job did not sin with his lips. - Job 2v10

I think I mentioned a day or two ago that during this time of testing Job had lost everything in a matter of hours. This wasn’t quite true I suppose, he still had his health and his wife.

In the second stage of the trial he lost his health. Satan was permitted to afflict Job’s body. As a result he was afflicted with horrible oozing sores from the top of his head to the soles of his feet.

One would think that his dear wife would do all she could to comfort him and help him through his troubles. One would think that she would by his side treating the sores and trying to alleviate his pain.

One would be wrong.

‘Curse God and die!’ she said.

What great comfort from the one who is supposed to be there for you.

But still Job would not be shaken. ‘You are talking like a foolish woman. Can we expect only good from God and not expect bad as well?’

Even now Job did not curse God with his lips.

There is a great lesson for us. If we are going to accept the good from God, we have to expect that the bad is going to come as well. Life goes on.

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