“But he said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we
indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?” In all this Job
did not sin with his lips.” Job 2:10
“But he said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips.”
We welcome comfort and convenience. We long for favors and whatever pleasant things from God but we try to avoid trials, problems, or pains. There are even those who think they can eliminate suffering during their present life, so they use whatever resources in trying to realize it.
But it is only natural for us to avoid or reject pain, or whatever that will discomfort or offend us. Just think of Jonah, when God provided him with comfort, Jonah was happy. When God provided “a scorching east wind, and the sun blazed on Jonah’s head,” he wanted to die just to avoid the pain of discomfort. God made us to know in Isaiah 45:7 that He is the one that forms the light and create darkness, He said He makes peace and creates evil.
Apostle Paul even prayed three times for the removal of the “thorn” in his flesh that tormented him, but the answer he received from the Lord was: “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians12:9). So, in spite of his suffering, Paul went on to say “therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
Paul was able to delight in the presence of weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions difficulties, not only it prevented him to become conceited but the work of God was displayed in his life the power of Christ was promoted, though Paul became more aware of his lowliness. Like the other men of God, let’s welcome not only the solutions, but even the problems He gave. Let’s also say what the writer of Romans stated, “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us” (Romans 8:18).
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God the Father.
Friends, know that afflictions bless when blended with submission.
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