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. Job 2:10 NKJV
I cannot imagine what life would be like if God did not love us. I cannot imagine what our existence would be like if God were not righteous and holy. What would our world be like if God was not good all the time?
When I was sixteen I spent a weekend at a retreat. I knew God was calling me. I remember feeling like I was caught up in a struggle between good and evil. I was the prize in that struggle.
I believed in God. I did not know Him. I refused to surrender my life to Him. If I did I could not have continued to live as I was. I remember thinking I would surrender to God someday but not then. I was having too much fun.
I thought God was going to crimp my style. I thought He was going to rain on my parade. I could have avoided so much pain and suffering if I had known God is good all the time.
When I became a Christian God spoke to me. He said “My hand has always been upon you!” The Lord was with me even when I was trying to keep Him out of my life. I tried to hold God back until I was ready. I did not know God is good all the time.
Job knew God is good all the time!
Job was convinced of God’s goodness even though it appeared the Lord had abandoned him. He was convinced of God’s goodness even though it appeared the Lord was punishing him. Job refused to blame God for his circumstance even when his wife did.
Job could not comprehend God as anything other than Righteous and Holy. Job refused to believe God would stop blessing him. Job could not wrap his mind around a world in which the goodness and mercy of God did not prevail over evil!
Can you? It really does not matter. You do not have to. God is good all the time!
Job struggled with his circumstances. He did not know why he suffered such horrible trials and hardships. He did not know why his loved ones were taken from Him. Job chose to focus on what he did know. He focused on the goodness of God.
Will you choose to focus on the goodness of God rather than your circumstances? Will you remember that our circumstances do not change God’s character? Will you choose to trust the God of goodness and mercy?
Do not be deceived by the temporary and transitory circumstances of life in a fallen world? God is good all the time!
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