Verse of the Day Devotion: 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 not accept adversity?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips.” – Job 2:10
Job was a man of great wealth. “His possessions also were 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 yoke of oxen, 500 female donkeys, and very many servants; and that man was the greatest of all the men of the east.” Job 1:3. He also had seven sons and three daughters, as well as his wife. They were very, very prosperous.
However, after a time, Satan speaks to God and tells Him success is the reason for his devotion. “Then Satan answered the Lord, “Does Job fear God for nothing? “Have You not made a hedge about him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. “But put forth Your hand now and touch all that he has; he will surely curse You to Your face.” Job 1:9-11. So God tells him to do what he wants with what he has, but do not touch him. When you read on, you will see that all his possessions were lost, all his servants and animals. He also lost his house which collapsed because of a wind storm which killed his children. And what was Job’s response? “Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head, and he fell to the ground and worshiped. He said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, And naked I shall return there. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.” Through all this Job did not sin nor did he blame God.” Job 1:20-22. Notice that it was said of him he did not sin or blame God.
Satan goes to God again and tells God “Satan answered the Lord and said, “Skin for skin! Yes, all that a man has he will give for his life. “However, put forth Your hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh; he will curse You to Your face.” Job 2:4-5. Satan came back and said, well man will give everything for his own life, however, seriously affect his own body and health, and he will curse you. So God says, So the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, he is in your power, only spare his life.” Job 2:6 So what was Satan’s response? “Then Satan went out from the presence of the Lord and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head. And Job took a potsherd to scrape himself while he was sitting among the ashes.” Job 2:7-8. These were extremely painful, and it became worse as he scraped on them with a broken piece of pottery. He did this either to bring some relief or to cut himself as a sign of mourning. “Since you are the people of the Lord your God, never cut yourselves or shave the hair above your foreheads in mourning for the dead.” Deuteronomy 14:1.
Job’s wife responds with a sarcastic rhetorical question. In essence she says, “After all that has happened are you still faithful?” or put another way, “In spite of all the suffering, are you still loyal to God?” However, Job entirely rejects her advice. In our focus verse, we read Job’s response in the form of a question. “Shall we indeed accept good from God and not accept adversity?”.
This is a hard question to answer. We love getting good things from God. When God blesses us with a sum of money, we willingly give thanks to Him. But when adversity comes, such as losing a job, we choose not to give Him thanks. Back in March of 2018, I was laid off from my job in order for them to cut their costs. It was definitely sooner than I was ready for. And what made it worse was not finding another job. However, it is amazing how God has worked in my life. I am now doing what I always wanted to do, working in ministry through True Devotion Ministries.
When good things come your way, consider it a blessing and give thanks to God. And when adversity comes, consider it also a blessing and give God all the thanks, and look forward to the blessings God will provide on account of this adversity. Remember, God does not allow hard times to come unless He has a good reason, and we must always trust God that He knows what He is doing. All things that God has us experience is for our good. “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28. So, instead of focusing on what is happening, we should focus on what God has in store for us in the future.
And spoiler alert. “The Lord restored the fortunes of Job when he prayed for his friends, and the Lord increased all that Job had twofold. … The Lord blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning; and he had 14,000 sheep and 6,000 camels and 1,000 yoke of oxen and 1,000 female donkeys. He had seven sons and three daughters.” Job 42:10, 12-13. And to close out, “After this, Job lived 140 years, and saw his sons and his grandsons, four generations. After this, Job lived 140 years, and saw his sons and his grandsons, four generations.” Job 42:16
William Funkhouser MDiv, ThD, Founder and President of True Devotion Ministries.