“Shall we receive good from God, and shall we not receive evil?” Job 2:10b (ESV)
It’s a very good question. And one not easily answered.
Job discovers he has just lost all that he owns together with his children in a series of catastrophes. The extent of his suffering is beyond comprehension.
Interestingly, the devastation is probably not unlike that caused by the tornados tearing through Oklahama these past few weeks.
But to then to top it all off, poor Job suffers a horribly painful skin disease.
I wonder how I would react if I was faced with devastating loss and debilitating sickness? Would I curse God as Satan predicts? (Job 1:11, 2:5)
I think we often take our lives, and each other, for granted. Forgetting how truly blessed we are.
Each day is so precious. Each moment worth savouring. Especially when it’s shared with loved ones.
As Job quite rightly points out, God is sovereign over everything: the good and the bad.
Whilst we may not understand why, we should not think of Him as only providing prosperity and abundance.
Just because we are Christians does not mean life is a “bed of roses” (attributed to Christopher Marlowe: The Passionate Shepherd To His Love, 1599).
We are naive to expect that evil will be cursed and goodness blessed.
“For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.” (Matthew 5:45)
Armed with this knowledge, how will we respond no matter what our circumstances?
prayer : “give thanks in all circumstances” (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
action : read a Psalm every night before bed