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Accepting Adversity

Job 2:10
But he (Job) said..."Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?"

Job 1:22
In all this Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong.

Every fall my reading schedule brings me to the story of Job. Every fall I feel like Job. I'm not whining. It just that when things get tough, I get frustrated. And a little whiney. So this time through Job, I don't want to whine, or try to justify my trials as Job-like. I want to learn what it takes to persevere through challenges.

As I began my journey with Job today I'm struck by his integrity (so is his wife, or frustrated by it as expressed in 2:9). The book begins with a description of of Job as being blameless and upright. Whenever I face tough times, my whine is that I'm blameless. Whether or not that is the case, that is not for me to determine. That's for God to determine. What I can do is to be how Job is described next - one who feared God and shunned evil. Three things tend to happen to me in difficult times. the first is that I whine about being blameless, "This shouldn't be happening to me! I don't deserve this!" The second is that I really feel the pull of my "cherished sins" - those things that I fall back on that don't hoonor God, but bring momentary relief from the stress of the moment (only to compound it later after the fact). But in his tough times, Job shunned evil. That's a good lesson is not to allow the gravitational pull of sin to suck you in.

The thrid thing I do in challenging times is to question God's goodness. That what Job's wife was doing. But Job understands that in life the good and the bad live together - "Blessed be the name of the Lord" (1:21). We often take His goodness for granted in good times, and question it during hard times. I feel like Job is challenging me today in 2:10. It's a challenge that I need to hear. It's a challenge that I need to respond to with my fear for God intact and an increased commitment not to fall prey to sin.

Lord, in this season, let it be said of me that I "did not sin nor charge God with wrong. "Blessed be the name of the Lord."

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