His wife said to him, “Are you still maintaining your integrity? Curse God and die!”He replied, “You are talking like a foolish[b] woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?” Job 2: 9-10
As human being we know what it means when something good happens, something bad happens and definitely something ugly happens. We teach our children that it is very unsportsmanlike to have an attitude when you do not win a game and that it shows good character when you can approach the winning team and show them your respect for a game well played. Many of these teachings play well into our adult life and not just in the sports world.
As I sat and contemplated this, I was listening to Job on my bible app. Job was just introduced to a scenario that most of us would not be able to handle. He was on top of the world one day and in the blink of an eye he lost everything! House, kids, livestock all gone! Job was not privy to the conversation between Satan and God. He had no clue he was the object of a test. Satan was out to try and prove God wrong and this seemed the perfect way to do it. Even Jobs wife chimed in by telling Job to curse God (v:9) Job, even in his state reminded his wife that it was foolish to only accept part of God and not all (v: 10). We must learn that we cannot pick apart the bible to suit the situation we may or may not be in. The bible is written so that we learn that the coach (God) gives us a play by play (books of the bible) for each situation in our lives. We may experience lavish lifestyle but be miserable in heart (Duet 8: 16-18). We may not understand why we work so hard and someone else flourishes who has done no work (Job 5 :2 and Psalm 37), we may question our patience with God and his timing (Psalm 75:2 and Galatians 5:22). Job even from the beginning never lost his faith in God though his trouble had just started. Job showed reverence and respect even when his wife and friends could not understand. He knew God was in control and would carry him through the good, the bad and the ugly.
When you are feeling that you have lost it all, remember Job (Job 11:18). When you feel that you are getting the wrong end of the deal, remember Job (Job 5:19) . When you think you have lost all respect for the human race and want to give up, remember Job. (Job 42: 2, 5-6)