“Be he said unto her, Thou speakers as one of the foolish women speakers. What? Shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips,” (Job 2:10).
Evil, infirmities, reproaches, necessities, persecutions, distress, and hardships are going to come. If you live long enough, you will endure more hardships than you’ve ever expected. They’re going to happen. What will your attitude be when or if they happen to you?
When I was younger in my Christian walk, I often resorted to ungodly thinking, decisions, and behaviors when I faced hard times. You know how children have tantrums in the grocery store or toy store when they see something they want but their parents won’t buy it for them? That was me. If I asked God for something and He didn’t provide it, I would throw a temper tantrum. Or if God allowed hard times into my life, I’d fall out like a child falls out, kicking my feet, crying and screaming.
“Why me, God? Why me?” would be my cry. Thoughts ranging from God doesn’t exist to a loving God wouldn’t allow this to happen to me, to my life was better before I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, popped in my mind. When such discouraging thoughts popped into my head, ungodly decisions and behaviors would soon follow. I think Paul summed up my vicious cycle when he wrote, “When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things,” (1 Corinthians 13:11). I had to grow up.
Adults have to face disappointments like adults. We can’t fall out and throw temper tantrums every time life deals us complications. We have to take care of our children although bills are past due. We have to go to work although we dislike our bosses or coworkers. We have to clean our homes even if we have a backache. We have to be cordial to people when they’re being disagreeable. Putting this in a spiritual context, mature Christians have to handle kingdom business even when their lives are falling apart around them. We can’t come off the battlefield because one of our children is acting up. We don’t get to come off the battlefield because we’ve had a death in the family. We have to press forward. We have to keep praising the Lord. We have to keep trusting and believing Him for victory in all areas of our lives although it may look like nothing good is going on for us.
What about you? Will you maintain your integrity? Will you hold on to God’s hand and refuse to let go? Stand fast in your faith. Focus on the love of God instead of the pain you’re experiencing. One day, someone will speak of your integrity the way we speak of Job’s.
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