Twenty four hours ago, I was celebrating my oldest son’s wedding. As I witnessed James and Emma’s love for one another, an overwhelming sense of joy touched my heart. This event highlights a blessing from God as the giver of life in the form of gifts from above, James 1:17. Unfortunately, I received a text a few hours ago informing me that my uncle John, my dad’s oldest brother, passed away this afternoon. This wave of emotions has reminded me of the giving and taking of life.
So Satan departed from the presence of the Lord and struck Job with loathsome boils and agonizingly painful sores from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head. 8 And Job took a piece of broken pottery with which to scrape himself, and he sat [down] among the ashes (rubbish heaps), Job 2:7-8.
Every month or so I stumble upon a television evangelist who paints the Christian life through rose colored glasses. These messages follow the same script, promising that the moment you enter into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, all of your troubles will disappear. While new believers will possess a new found hope, this depiction of life is not realistic. With every blessing, individuals will also endure hardship, pain and suffering. According to Job, you have to accept the good with any bad that comes your way.
Then his wife said to him, “Do you still cling to your integrity [and your faith and trust in God, without blaming Him]? Curse God and die!” 10 But he said to her, “You speak as one of the [spiritually] foolish women speaks [ignorant and oblivious to God’s will]. Shall we indeed accept [only] good from God and not [also] accept adversity and disaster?” In [spite of] all this Job did not sin with [words from] his lips, Job 2:9-10.
In the passage above, Job’s wife speaks as if thinking out loud. As she witnessed the boils covering her husband, anguish, grief and frustration motivated her response to “curse God and die.” In the heat of the moment, knee jerk reactions are a common occurrence. Nonetheless, if you are looking for answers to why God allows bad things to happen to good people, Job nails it! You must accept the good with the bad. According to one of Jesus’ disciples, going through trials are designed to build character, 1 Peter 1:6-7. Therefore, If you want to possess a realistic approach to life, roll with the punches as you experience the giving and taking of life.
by Jay Mankus