There is so many hardships in life. We all face them whether they be financial, physical, or spiritual. How to we stay content in the midst of suffering? Is it easy when we are suffering to have Job’s wife’s attitude and say “curse God and die” (Job 2:9). Or do we have the attitude of Job? His response to his wife was “Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? Shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips.” Job 2:10. Yes Job was human, he questioned God and wondered why he hadn’t just died when he was born. But it says that in all of this Job never sinned with his lips. He didn’t understand why he was going through all this suffering, but he still trusted in God. “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him.” Job 13:15. He never lost his faith in God. In the end God gave Job twice as much as he had before.
The story of Job really teaches me that we are all human. We will grumble and complain, we will ask God why when we don’t understand. But if we keep our faith in him and ask for forgiveness for our weak understanding of His plan and timing, we will be blessed. It may not be material blessings. It may be spiritual blessings or blessings in heaven. Either way, we need to trust and thank God! Whatever you are going through, take comfort that we are not perfect. That even Job “a perfect and upright man who feared God” as stated in Job 1:1, asked God why. But he never turned away from God, he still trusted in him.
We go through some pretty tough things in this life. We are only human, we will most likely wonder why. But through it all we need to trust God even when it feels he is slaying us. We don’t know what God has in store for us, but we do know he will be there.
Scripture to Ponder:
Romans 5:3- “And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience.”
Homework for the Heart:
No matter what you are going through, trust that God will help you. Know that you are only human and may ask God why, but don’t let it hold you back from drawing closer to him through suffering.