Today's Devotional Thought
March 07, 2012 by Wendy Foreman
Curse God & Die
Why do we think that believing in God will protect us from all the bad things in this life?
I believe that the book of Job shows us that we should not give up on God just because bad things come our way. As we walk in faith we are never promised prosperity; we are never promised a life free from pain. Those around us who chose a life contrary to the word of God, aren't told that they will have a life full of pain and heartache. Many times we see them prospering and doing so well in this life. And what do we do? We begin to complain and ask God why He is blessing someone who isn't living according to His word, but we are suffering and experiencing what feels like punishment.
One of the things that I stop and think when I want to complain that the ungodly are prospering and I am not is that this is all that they will have if they don't know Jesus. That makes me very sad and changes my thinking very quickly. Although many of us may never acquire earthly wealth and material things, when we get to Heaven those of us who have been faithful to God will receive our rewards. And I am pretty sure they will be a thousand times better than anything we could have received on this earth.
There is no doubting that Job suffered. The book of Job starts out telling us that he was a righteous man, blameless before God. We also know that God allowed Satan to go after Job but asked him to not take his life. Pretty hard pill to swallow if you ask me. But as I have read through Job several times and read some commentaries on it, I see the sovereignty of God. God knew that Job wouldn't break under the pressure of all that would happen to him. God's hand really did protect Job's life through all of the pain and suffering that he experienced and at the end of the book, Job is blessed beyond what he could have ever imagined.
God restored Job!
Friends, I see this very much like our lives. Many of us face dark days, days when we may question God as to why we are facing what we are facing. Days when we just don't understand why those we love have to suffer. In God's sovereignty He works it all together for our good. We come out of our pain and suffering stronger, closer to God, quite possibly blessed in ways that overwhelm us.
The key I have come to learn is that when we are faced with these dark days, we need to trust God. We must follow him in obedience in the midst of those things we do not understand. Trust that He is in control of all things. It is in the midst of those trials that God is working in us, refining us, and molding us into the women that He has designed us to be.
Oh sweet sisters, I know those times are painful. I have been there. But much like a silversmith who turns up the heat to bring to the surface the impurities of the silver, God wants to purge us of all the things in our lives that keep us from being more like Him. And He does that in our times of pain and suffering, our times of trials and terrible circumstances.
Trust Him today, believe in Him and know that He is doing and allowing all things into our lives to mold and shape us into His precious child, the one He created us to be.