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Thinking Right When Things Go Wrong

To prepare for your tests, study God’s Word and pray daily

Things Gone Wrong Can Be Testing
Cursing or Praising – Part 2

Scripture Reading: James 3:9-12

Key Verse: Job 1:11
“But stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face.”

We ended yesterday’s devotional looking at the kind of words that come out of our mouth during a season of testing. We examined how we can fail a test, which God allows, by cursing and using crude language.

Let’s take this one step further. Some of us may have so disciplined ourselves that we do not allow actual cursing to slip out, but we curse in our self-talk. Or our “respectable” language drips with faithlessness or bad attitudes.

The Apostle James says, “Praising and cursing should not come out of the same mouth” (James 3:10). Remember that God looks at the heart, knows the condition of our attitudes, and judges accordingly! We must be careful to keep our self-talk that no one can hear but God under the Spirit’s control.

For example, when I call a person a jerk because he did something crazy while driving, God hears those thoughts or words even when no one else does.

Our story of Job gives us the proper response to all our testing: he “worshiped.” Yes, even after losing everything, Job fell to the ground to worship (Job 1:20). Sound impossible? No, Job knew God enough to not accuse Him falsely!

Do you know God enough to praise Him during a testing period? The key to passing all tests is to do the proper work between the tests. To prepare for your tests, study God’s Word and pray daily!

Father, I want to pass all tests that You allow to come my way. Please remind me to prepare properly every day! In Jesus’s Name, amen.