He said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I shall return there. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord .” Through all this Job did not sin nor did he blame God. – Job 1:21-22
After Job had encountered all of his “first round” of trials from Satan, he steadfastly continued to praise God. In spite of all his difficulties, the Bible states that Job “did not sin nor did he blame God.” Amazing, but also convicting. It made me reflect upon how I have reacted when misfortune inevitably entered my own life. How did I do? Could it be said that I, like Job, didn’t sin or blame God?
Two things are important to remember when unexpected trials hit home: 1) God is sovereign. NOTHING happens unless God has allowed it. Satan, himself, cannot act without God’s permission. 2) Everything that God does, He does for His glory and our ultimate good. Yes, I know, that there will be times when these truths will be difficult to accept, but as Job so eloquently put it, “God may slay us, but we must still trust Him.”
God gave burdens, also shoulders. – Yiddish Proverb
Dr. David Pope is President and Founder of POPE Initiatives, a non-profit organization committed to providing executive-level management and support services for major global mission efforts.
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