Glory in Tribulation



What a way to start the new year! At least that’s the first thing that came to my mind when I saw the January reading list.

As I began preparing for this post I repented for my thought life and asked the Holy Spirit to work afresh in me, to give me eyes to see past the stigma that comes from Job.

And of course, He did!

Most people begin reading Job with great dread, as I did. It is a rather sad book from a worldly perspective. It also makes you ponder God’s character, and not in the easy way that comes from reading about the miracles Jesus performed. Instead, it’s the kind of uneasiness that makes you squirm in your chair. God allows some not so great things to happen to Job.

But you know what really stood out to me? The way Job responded to his wife when she told Job to curse God and die.

You speak as one of the foolish women would speak. Shall we receive good from God, and shall we not receive evil?  ~Job 2:10

The word foolish means stupid or wicked, especially when not showing respect or reverence for God. If Job’s wife is stupid and wicked for saying that, what does that make you and me when we question God’s plan?

As we get ready to say farewell to 2016 and kick off a new year, may we learn a lesson from Job’s wife and remember that every good and perfect gift comes from the Father of lights.  Even though the gift may not seem good from this side of eternity, we can rest knowing that our loving Father always does what is best for us.

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