8 Job scraped his skin with a piece of broken pottery as he sat among the ashes. 9 His wife said to him, “Are you still trying to maintain your integrity? Curse God and die.”
10 But Job replied, “You talk like a foolish woman. Should we accept only good things from the hand of God and never anything bad?” So in all this, Job said nothing wrong.
Many people think that believing in God protects them from trouble, so when calamity comes, they question God’s goodness and justice. But the message of Job is that you should not give up on God because he allows you to have bad experiences. Faith in God does not guarantee personal prosperity, and lack of faith does not guarantee troubles in this life. If this were so, people would believe in God simply to get rich. God is capable of rescuing us from suffering, but he may also allow suffering to come for reasons we cannot understand. It is Satan’s strategy to get us to doubt God at exactly this moment. Here Job shows a perspective broader than seeking his own personal comfort. If we always knew why we were suffering, our faith would have no room to grow.
Today’s world have us convinced that if we just pray enough, if we do everything good, if we worship hard then trouble will never come. If we would just do this and ask God for things then it will come to pass. The “Name it and claim it” movement has lead many astray and left many people feeling like God has left them. I just stopped by to tell you that “Its not all good”.
- Have you notice my servant– God asked this question of SATAN, but he knew the type of man Job was. He know what he put in him and even though God allowed SATAN to strike him he was limited in his power to take his life. Even though SATAN comes and God may allow for some things to happen, God knows who we are., he knows what we can withstand. Can Satan persuade God to change his plans? At first God said he did not want Job harmed physically, but then he decided to allow it. Satan is unable to persuade God to go against his character: God is completely and eternally good. But God was willing to go along with Satan’s plan because God knew the eventual outcome of Job’s story. God cannot be fooled by Satan. Job’s suffering was a test for Job, Satan, and us—not God.
- Verse 9– isn’t odd that when you are going through something, even your family turns their back on you. Job’s wife asked a question that went straight to the heart of the matter at hand. Job integrity, his believe that God will deliver him. Others may tell you that you need to do something, they may wonder why you have seemed to lose your fight. But you should never get to the point in a trail where you forget.
- Verse 10– Should we only accept good from God. These words show wisdom and faith, Job makes a statement that rocks the spiritual world and should rock your spirit. He acknowledges that God is involved in everything even the bad things.
- 1Chronicles 29:11 11 Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty. Everything in the heavens and on earth is yours, O Lord, and this is your kingdom. We adore you as the one who is over all things.
- Ephesians 1:22
- God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made him head over all things for the benefit of the church.
- Romans 8:28
- And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for themI wonder what God has said about me, my life your, life is filled with similar trails. You trails may not affect you like they affect someone else, but I still ask the question “ Lord what did you say about me” Job was a man of integrity, God knew what he put in him and how he would respond. When trouble comes to your life you must step back and say the famous words of a man that never had a bible, never walked into a church, Never wore a pastor’s rob, never sung in the choir or ushered a the door. Never served communion, never laid eyes on the savior, never saw the Cross, never had a Christmas or an Easter suite. Never having any of these things he stands in the mist of his pain, suffering, lose of his children, his wife has lost her faith, and he says “Job 19:25 For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth