Accept both Good and Adversity #567

Then his wife said to him, “Do you still hold fast to your integrity? Curse God and die!” 10  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 2:9–10, NKJV)

Job had already lost his possessions (including thousands of head of livestock), his servants, and all ten children. Grief and sorrow engulfed him, yet he maintained his reverence and humility before God (Job 1).  Now, his good health is replaced with open sores from head to foot. His wife has had enough and foolishly urges him to curse God. He has lost her support, too. Yet, he did not sin against God with his words. We may be more like Job’s wife than we want to admit. We gladly receive God’s good blessings. But, does our faith falter and fail when faced with life’s adversities? Take time today to evaluate how you respond to trials in your life. And remember, “If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small” (Prov. 24:10). Use Job as a constant reminder to avoid sin and always “bless the name of the Lord” (Job 1:21-22).

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