Jan 25, 2011

"Accepting His Will"

DAY #25 - 'A Woman of Faith' Devotional
Verse: "Should we accept only good from God and not adversity?" Job 2:10 HCSB

Something to think about really... His Will, compare that to the will that we have for our lives, does it match? Do we think that we can only count on God to give us good gifts? He is also there with us in times of adversity or trouble. Remember we can always learn through our mistakes and past experiences that may not be so positive. We also receive discipline from God our Heavenly Father, just like our earthly fathers give... except that God is always showing unconditional love and forgiveness at all times.

What is 'adversity'?
According to (World English Dictionary) adversity can be defined as;
— noun , pl -ties

1. distress; affliction; hardship
2. an unfortunate event or incident

Some of us have never really seen 'adversity' at it's worst, we may have had a little bit of unfortunate events, troubles, or failures, and minor suffering and pain. Others of us have had a bit more, and faced a large amount of adversity like Job the man who speaks this line in the Bible. Historically, Job was a man blessed by God, yet God allowed him to be tempted and shown 'adversity', yet he still remained faithful to God. In chapters 1 & 2 of Job (which you should read here and here) God and satan are having a conversation, and satan thinks that if he can allow man to face trials, pain and suffering that man will curse God, and turn from Him. So in chapter 1, God basically says satan can do what he wishes without touching the man himself... so satan takes out his whole family - his sons & daughters - his future generations. Yet, Job still remains faithful and blesses the Lord. Then in Chapter 2, satan comes to God again, and says that man will curse God, and lose all integrity, especially if he is cursed in his own life. God tells satan, very well then you may attack him physically, but do not take his life. So, in verse 7, satan attacks him with a skin disease from the top of his head to his toes. Job still remains faithful, although, as we pick up in verse 9, his wife even tells him 'Are you still maintaining your integrity? Curse God and die!' This unfortunately was only the second of several attempts by the devil against Job, and already his wife is telling him to 'curse God and die' to get out of his problems. Some of us today have tried this already, cursing God in times of trouble, or better yet sinning against Him to get out of our problems. At the first sign of trouble, we blame God and really God is there all along, but He might be working in us, to strengthen us and teach us endurance. Back to the Scriptures, in verse 10 (today's verse) Job replies to his wife with a wise answer, "You are talking like a foolish[b] woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?"
Job was a wise man, who was honest and true to his Father God... God quoted to satan earlier in verse 3, "Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil. And he still maintains his integrity, though you incited me against him to ruin him without any reason." Compare God's thoughts of Job, to those words that came from Job's wife, and Job himself.
We may face trial of many kinds, but I'm sure most of them are not as bad as what Job faced... and yet he remained faithful to the Father. We need to bless the Lord at all times. 
"I will bless the Lord at all times. His praise shall always be on my mouth." Psalm 34:1

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