Weathering the Storm
Daily Bible Reading – Job 1, 2; Acts 6, 7
Today’s Key Passage – Job 2:1-10
Stories of bad things happening to good people constantly bombard us. Many people believe that God should shield good people from the bad things in life, and that if He really loved us He would not allow these bad things to happen. We must realize, however, that the bad things that happen today are all due to a series of events that began in the Garden of Eden when Eve ate the apple. Man’s rebellion from God changed a perfect world into an imperfect one. While God is more than capable from putting an end to all of the suffering in the world today, that is not His plan. It is difficult for our human minds to understand God’s plan sometimes, but that is because a human mind can never fully comprehend God.
God knew that Job was a good man. He viewed Job as “blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil”. (2:3) Satan argued that Job was only faithful to God because God had been so good to him and had never given Job a reason to lose his faith. (2:4-5) God, fully knowing what the outcome would ultimately be, allowed Satan to test Job. (2:6) In the first test (1:6-22), Job lost his possessions and his family. In the second test (2:7), Satan inflicted physical pain on Job. Throughout the tests, Job remained faithful to God. Even when Job’s wife chided him for staying faithful to God, he continued to be blameless. Job told his wife “Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?” (2:10) Job knew that while it is easy to be faithful to God during good times, it is the mark of a truly good man to be faithful during bad times.
In the face of adversity, clinging to God is the only way to weather the storm. Do not give up on Him. The enemy uses these bad times as the perfect opportunity to try to test our faith. We learn from the story of Job that Satan is only allowed to do what God lets him do, and God will never let him give us more than we can handle. Stay faithful to God in the good times and the bad, and live a life blameless and upright in His sight.
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