“Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?”
These most incredible words were spoken by Job in Job 2:10. Job was a man who deeply loved & trusted the Lord. One day, almost everything he had was taken away. Including his children! Then he was affected by a painful bodily affliction. When he went through all that, his first instincts was not to charge God with wrong doing but rather to consider the good that God had blessed Him with before. If he trusted God with the blessings, he thought, surely he could trust him with his afflictions too. For though it may be difficult for us to understand, God is still in control and must know what He is doing or trying to accomplish in us and for us during our times of affliction.
We find this idea too in the New Testament. Romans 8:28 says;
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
Consider the verse says “in all things”. So whether good or bad, you can be sure of this, God is accomplishing some good through what He allows to come your way. Now granted, you may not always know to what good God is accomplishing. You may not even like it or appreciate it especially if what you are going through is painful. But this verse was written so as to quiet our hearts. In those times of affliction we can trust our relationship with the Lord, that he surely must be accomplishing some greater good by allowing us to go through the trial.
Secondly we learn from Job that God cannot allow us to go through a trial he doesn’t think we can handle. God was sure and he could even boast to Satan about Job ability to maintain his fear for God despite his trials. God knows us better than we think. He knows our abilities and limits. He after all created us. In the New Testament this idea also shines forth brightly. 1 Corinthians 10:13;
“No test has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tested beyond what you can bear. But when you are tested, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”
Consider what this verse says; “God is faithful, he will not let you be tested beyond what you can bear”. Do you consider God to be faithful? Then trust His judgment with whatever you are going through. If He allowed you to pass through the fire, it’s because he:
- Knows you can handle it.
- Is trying to accomplish some good out of the whole experience.
- He has promised never to leave us nor forsake us in our trials.
So do not begrudge God over your trial. In fact put your trust in Him even more. For He has not left you and neither will He ever abandoned you. As Psalms 46:1 puts it, He is “… an ever present help in trouble”. The Lord is with you, therefore do “not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea” (Psalms 46:2) . Regardless of the situation or temptation, cling to the Lord who is right next to you and do not allow yourself to be moved to despair. Rather “Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalms 46:10).