It may be one of the more difficult questions ever asked. Job had just lost everything, except his wife. His initial response to the news of his losses was one of worship; and through it all, Job had taken the high road…“In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.” (Job 1:22).
At some point thereafter, Satan was given permission by God to strike Job with “painful sores from the soles of his feet to the crown of his head.” So miserable was he that Job took a piece of broken pottery and scraped himself with it as he sat among the ashes. (2:7-8). It was at that point that his wife urged Job to give up his integrity, curse God, and die! (2:9)
It’s pretty tempting while sitting in the comfort of my easy chair to pass judgment on Job’s wife. But we need to remember that she, too, had suffered the losses of all her possessions and her beloved children. Who is to say how I might react in her shoes. Desperate, hurting people often say desperate, hurtful things.
But, it was while sitting in ashes and scraping his sores, that Job spoke these words to his suffering wife, “Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?” (2:10)
And there it is…the question of accepting trouble while living as God’s children. We often hear that “God is good all the time.” But do we believe it? Or, in the hidden recesses of our minds, is He only good as long as good comes our way? Do we maintain His goodness even when the blessings are harder to spot?
So, hear Job ask, “Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?” –Dave
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