Message of the Day: Shall We Receive Good From God And Not Trouble?
Text: Job 1:1-2:13
Key Verse: Job 2:10
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. (NKJV)
A popular belief in ancient times was that prosperity and well-being were evidences of godliness, but poverty and suffering were proofs of ungodliness. They were signs that God was either rewarding or punishing a person, according to whether that person’s life was good or bad. The book of Job contradicts this belief. Yet the prosperous and contented Job was indeed a godly person who was blameless in all that he did.
Meanwhile in heaven, God’s court of angelic beings had assembled before him. Among them was one, the adversary or Satan. He made the accusation to God that Job’s faith was not sincere. If Job suddenly lost his family and possessions, argued Satan, his apparent devotion to God would soon disappear. God allowed Satan to test Job by removing anything that belonged to him, but he was not to harm Job’s body.
Calamities strike one after the other. Job lost first his working animals, then his sheep and shepherds, then his camels, and finally all his children. In spite of this severe catastrophe, Job’s devotion to God did not falter. (Job 1:1-22)
Not giving up, the adversary still claimed that Job was concerned only for himself. So again accepted Satan’s challenge, this time allowing him to attack Job’s body. He was afflicted with the most painful and loathsome disease. His wife was obviously affected and her faith failed.
Job’s wisdom was shown in this humiliating situation, having received such wealth and well-being from God, it was unreasonable for him to complain when they were taken away, and instead suffer calamities. Shall we not expect such sufferings? Shall we not be willing to bear it when it strikes us? Shall we not have enough faith in God? A true proof of faith and wisdom is that one submits to all the arrangements of God without complaint. He receives blessings with gratitude; he is wiling to suffer when calamities are sent.
In the New Testament, we also find the same thought in the words of Paul. In his second letter to Timothy he exhorts us (together to endure and and be strong in the grace of God for “If we suffer, we shall also reign with him…”
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