Saturday, February 1, 2014

Living Through "Job's Life" Part 5 - February 1, 2014

Job 2:7-10(New Living Translation)

7 So Satan left the Lord’s presence, and he struck Job with terrible boils from head to foot.

8 Job scraped his skin with a piece of broken pottery as he sat among the ashes. 9 His wife said to him, “Are you still trying to maintain your integrity? Curse God and die.”

10 But Job replied, “You talk like a foolish woman. Should we accept only good things from the hand of God and never anything bad?” So in all this, Job said nothing wrong.

Have you ever gone through difficulties, only to have those closest to you offer you the least amount of encouragement. No one knows when you personally go through problems better than you; only you know what affect it has on your innermost being. That is why it is so important that you know your relationship with Jesus Christ. He identifies with each of us on a very personal level, and He longs to have us come closer to Him when we experience difficulty.

I am sure that Job's wife was having her own struggles, because she too was a participant in Job's trials. She too lost everything, including her children, and she probably held Job somewhat responsible for what they both were experiencing. I am sure that her first response was to be angry with God, and her anger spilled over in her response to her husband's situation. At that moment she wanted nothing but her husband to be angry with her, and to have nothing to do with the God he followed.

You have to really appreciate Job's reaction, because although he was at his worst, his character before God was at its best. We too need to learn that in our deepest trouble, God is the only One who can help us through, and like Job we have to understand that His will for us is the ultimate authority, if we are to follow Him.

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