The Good, Bad and Ugly

“His wife said to him, “Are you still maintaining your integrity? Curse God and die!” He replied, “You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?” In all this, Job did not sin in what he said.” – Job 2:9-10

When Job’s wife sees her husband’s body covered in painful sores, she seems surprised that he still holds onto his faith. She urges him to “curse God and die” iso that he might escape the pain in his body. Job reprimands her gently and asks, “Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?”

In his wife’s eyes, when life turned from pleasant to hard and ugly, she decided life wasn’t worth living. With suicide rates skyrocketing today, it’s a mindset that has stood the test of time. The book of Job, however, clearly illustrates that life is not to be measured or lived according to those terms. There is a purpose for our lives that goes beyond easy living.

When life goes south, guess what.

It’s still worth living.

We are never promised an easy life if we choose to follow Christ. The Bible reiterates this over and over again. The good, bad, and ugly all pass through God’s hands, and when trials come, Satan wants us to curse God, to stop reading Scripture, and to let our anger drive a wedge between us and God.

Yes, my friends, life can sometimes feel overwhelming, painful, and even agonizing. Yet Job, a man who was afflicted and put through unbelievable trials, shows that no matter what comes against us, taking our life and cursing our God is never the answer. In these times, we must draw near to God instead of pushing Him away. We must allow Him to work in our hearts and reveal things to us that He only can in times of testing.

Father in Heaven, Thank You because You don’t leave me alone in my suffering. Time and time again throughout Scripture and in my life, You have proven Yourself faithful. I pray that when I feel like despair for life itself, You will hold me in Your loving arms. Please help me to rest in You today with the assurance of Your goodness and faithfulness to see me through every circumstance. In the matchless name of Jesus, I pray. Amen

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