Change Creates Crisis
Talking Like a Fool
Scripture Reading: Job 2:1-9
Key Verse: Job 2:10
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.
Our scripture for today asks a powerful question: “Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?” We come to church, sing praises to God, life is blessed, and we feel really favored by God. Then, change hits us, trouble comes, a crisis is hanging over us. The week passes, the pain increases, Sunday comes. Are we still praising God?
This is a hard teaching. Job is a dramatic example of wealth turning to poverty, health turning to sickness, and favor turning to curses. Where was God? The Lord was near but allowed it to happen. It was a supreme test of faith and a huge vote of confidence from God. The devil had accused God of sheltering Job and that Job served God because of these favors that God had given him. So, God allowed the devil to take it all away from Job. Our Key Verse lets us know that Job never caved, never accused God of evil and never sinned as he withstood the test!
It is difficult to endure such a crisis. I usually examine my life wanting to make sure I did not do anything that would cause the trouble. If I sense these troubles are corrections from the Lord, I adjust my actions, repent, and accept the discipline from Him. If I find no problems in my life, then I hang on to my faith in God’s love for me. The devil is a liar and an accuser of God’s children. I don’t hesitate to call him that and refuse to accuse God of wrongdoing! Let’s learn to praise God in the good seasons of life as well as the tough ones!
Father, if you allow tests to come my way, I will trust your judgment. Thanks for providing the grace needed to endure. You are more than sufficient for all my troubles. In Jesus’ Name, amen.