“I came naked from my mother’s womb, and I will be naked when I leave. The Lord gave me what I had, and the Lord has taken it away. Praise the name of the Lord!” In all of this, Job did not sin by blaming God. —Job 1:20-22

Job scraped his skin with a piece of broken pottery as he sat among the ashes. His wife said to him, “Are you still trying to maintain your integrity? Curse God and die.” But Job replied, “You talk like a foolish woman. Should we accept only good things from the hand of God and never anything bad?” So in all this, Job said nothing wrong. —Job 2:9-10

How would you respond if in moments you lost all your wealth, all your children, the support of your spouse and your health? Would you be bitter? What would your attitude be toward the Lord God Almighty? Job understood that anything he had was given to him by the Lord and just as the Lord gives to us, so He can also take it away. That is His prerogative and “Job did not sin by blaming God.” He understood this— “Should we accept only good things from the hand of God and never anything bad?”

Jesus told us we would have trial in this world (John 6:33). So why does this surprise us when they happen? All of us will have difficulties in this world to some degree. The Lord seeks to work through this fallen world’s trials in our lives to build us up, not to tear us down. Much of this depends on how we react to the trials when they come. Will we grate against them or allow them to do the work in our lives that the Lord desires? May we be sensitive to His workings…

Dear Father, may I be yielded clay, pliable and moldable. Not like set concrete—unyielding and unmoldable. May it be so.

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