Can you trust God?
A temporary loss today can be a long-term gain in the future
There was a man in the Bible by the name of Job and he had many sons and daughters and he had gained much in worldly possessions. He had wealth, health and a good family but then suddenly over night he lost almost everything he had.
The question is, how are we to respond when bad things happen?
A great truth we don’t like to admit is that our faith is not tested in good times but rather in bad. A marriage is not tested while we’re driving on a paved highway but what happens when we turn down Pothole Avenue?
What happens when there’s more month than money? When the phone is disconnected and the power is shut off? Do we focus on why did we follow this person into this awful place or do we focus on how do we fix things and drive out of this mess and get back on a better road?
Job was a good man and yet bad things happened to him. The question is not, ‘why do bad things happen to good people,’ but rather, ‘what do good people do when bad things happen to them?’
The Bible says that Job worshipped the Lord and then he said in Job 1:21, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return there. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; Blessed be the name of the Lord.”
We seem to be OK with the thought that we serve a giving God, a loving God, a kind God, and all forgiving God but it just doesn’t sit right with us for the Lord to decide to take something away. Surely if we study Greek and Hebrew long enough, someway, somehow, we can blame everything bad that happens to us on the devil.
Maybe we should start the Flip Wilson religion. Every time something went wrong for Flip he said, ‘the devil made me do it.’ It worked for Flip but here the scripture plainly states that it’s the Lord who works to give and take away.
I think maybe this verse is for the more mature for there is a difference between the devil attacking me and God giving and taking away. A temporary loss today can be a long-term gain in your future. If I fail a test in school I don’t call the teacher a devil but I study harder for the next test.
The trouble is we can easily trust God when He’s bringing good to us. Thank you Lord for that extra money. Thank you for the raise at work. Yes, especially thank you for that great doctor. It’s harder to trust God when He is taking something away. When He hands you a negative rather than a positive and asks you to trust Him. Job said even if the Lord decides to kill him he will still trust in the Lord.
It’s in the New testament that Paul writes, “in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1st Thessalonians 5:18.
Paul did not say for everything give thanks but he said in everything give thanks. Why? According to Romans 8:28, “We know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”
If you say you love God, then trust Him today that whatever He has taken away He will use it to bring you greater success.
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