Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Taking the Good with the Bad

Scripture:  "His wife said to him, "Are you still holding on to 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

Observation:  Being a child of God does not immune you from trouble and to have such an expectation is not only foolish, but unrealistic.  While your relationship with God may not give you  immunity to the downturns in life, it does provide you the faith and strength needed to sustain you. You will never know the deep of your faith in God until you have endured a season of trials.

Application:  When difficult times come, draw closer to God. Rely on him to sustain you and carry you through the hard circumstances of life. There is no reason to turn your back on God when the going gets tough because He will never turn His back on you.

Prayer:  Thank you, Lord, for always being there for me in the good times and in the bad times. Thank you for Your faithfulness! Forgive me of the times I tried to escape hardships and wanted to take the easy way. I know You use the difficult times to mold me, and I pray that I will have a cooperative spirit so You can do Your work in and through me regardless of the circumstances of my life. Thank you for the faith You have given me and the strength I have from the Holy Spirit residing within me. When trials come, help me to rely on You to carry me through it. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.

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