9 Then his wife said to him, “Do you still persist in your integrity? Curse God, and die.” 10 But he said to her, “You speak as any foolish woman would speak. Shall we receive the good at the hand of God, and not receive the bad?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips.
As I sit here, praying about what to write, thinking that this should have been done a few days ago...I think about what a few people have said in the last few years.
Why do bad things happen to good people? Why is there suffering in this world?
Shortly after Michael passed away, I read through Job. What a book, eh? He lost everything, and suffered such torment physically. EVERYONE in his life told him to curse God, to give up his faith in God, that GOD was cursing him, etc. Yet Job remained faithful to his God...the God he knew...better than they did, it seems.
I'm glad I read Job when I did...it helped me to see things in a better perspective, I think.
Now, when I read the above verses, I try to see how it applies to me now. To see what new thing He has to show me.
It reminds me to stand fast, hold onto my integrity, and knowledge of God.
To not be like the other foolish women, who sit and worry over a topic to death. (I've never done that, btw.)
To know without a doubt that all thing, ALL THINGS, work to the benefit of God, and ourselves.
That though something may seem bad, and be bad, in that moment: That in the end, a better more perfect circumstance will arise.
One that has been hand crafted, lovingly created, and thoughtfully arranged for me, by my Heavenly Father. That thought is priceless to me. #Amazed and totally humbled by it.
I've walked through a lot in the last few years, and God knows what I'll walk through in the next. No matter what happens...I want to be committed, 100% without reservations, to my Redeemer, my Comforter. Wholly committed to His plans, not my own. Having tasted loss, and pain, grief and anger before, though it at times scares me now, I KNOW that He will carry me, provide for me, and ultimately, give me a better understanding of Him, give me His peace, and give me more faith in Him.
I can't deny that sometimes I catch myself saying, what else is in Your plans for me, Abba? What can I do, to gain more faith?
Is there something that you've been hearing God ask of you, something you may need to let go of? And you haven't? If not, I invite you to pray about it, and release it to Him tonight. And to share, if you can, with me.
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