Then Job took a piece of broken pottery and scraped himself with it as he sat among the ashes. His wife said to him, “Are you still maintaining your integrity? Curse God and die!” He replied, “You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?” In all this, Job did not sin in what he said. Job 2:8-10
Job and his wife had suffered the tragic death of their children, the destruction of their home and wealth, and now Job was afflicted with oozing sores over his entire body. Oh, the heartache!
It seems like it all was too much for his wife. Her anger laden invective to him was simply, “Curse God and die!” How sad! How depressing! How real!
As he sat on a pile of broken pottery shards, Job scraped at his sores and reflected upon his lot in life. Certainly it was not a journey that he would have chosen. Certainly he would have desired that it never had happened in the first place.
But tragedy had befallen him and his house. And now he must reason. The inner man cries out for an answer to, “Why?” But Job was not a typical man. His simple statement of faith and trust was this, “Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?”
It’s easy to thank God when life goes well. We express grateful hearts for his mercy and goodness to us. But, what about when things are not so good? Can we thank Him when life does not feel good or seems anything but good? Job did. And we can follow his example as well.
Last year we suffered with our young granddaughter as she was diagnosed with kidney cancer and then endured 8 months of chemotherapy. There were some dark days on that part of our journey. But God in His mercy restored her. This April we suffered the sudden death of our first-born, Michael at the age of 40. There continues to be a sense of great loss and missing him.
But today we say by faith – we trust Him who is the Blessed Controller. Nothing that touches us is outside of His good and perfect will for us. By faith we say we trust Him and all that He has done. We do not trust our own feelings, logic, or demand that He explain Himself. For His ways are not our ways, neither are His thoughts our thoughts. (see Isaiah 55:8-9).
The Lord is our strength, our shield, and our defender. He comforts the grieving and gives hope to the discouraged. We trust Him!
Have the lines fallen to you in pleasant places? Rejoice!
Have the lines fallen in difficult places? Trust!