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Thought for the Day by Phil Washington (Member of BH)
When everything seems to go wrong
‘Shall we accept good from God and not trouble?’ Job 2:10
Poor Job, through no fault of his own, everything (and I mean everything) had gone wrong. All his wealth, children and now even his health had gone. His wife advises him to ‘Curse God and die’ (2:9). But Job maintains his integrity and faith, despite this catalogue of personal disaster, and says these amazing words.
I remember this verse really spoke to me one morning many years ago. I was driving into work, and for some reason, which I can’t recollect, it was going to be a VERY difficult day. Perhaps it was an impossible deadline, an oppressive workload, or the kids had kept me awake? I was praying as I drove along and this verse came powerfully into my mind. I can still recall the place I was driving by. As I thought it through it was saying ‘Don’t expect just easy and pleasant things to come your way – God also allows difficulties, accept them!’ God was calling me to trust in Him to help me in and through the difficulties. I understood and submitted myself and my attitude to God. Yes, it was going to be a tough day, but the Lord was with me and these difficulties would, ultimately, be used by Him to increase my faith and trust. Accepting ‘trouble’ as Job called it, with a ready and trusting heart, is the right attitude for believers.
Some of you may be dreading today. Perhaps the weight of responsibility seems unbearable, or the situation you are in feels so dark? Let God speak to you through these words of His ancient and faithful servant. Let’s take what God’s hand sends us – accept it, and trust Him absolutely.
Since all that I meet shall work for my good,
The bitter is sweet, the medicine food;
Though painful at present, ‘twill cease before long;
And then. O how pleasant the conqueror’s song!
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