Good with the bad

13:14:00 Karen Li 0 Comments

Our God is not only our God when it's sunny. Our God is our God through the storms of life.

It's so tempting just to praise God and tell others about God on sunny days, and during sunny periods of our spiritual lives, when things are just working out.

We are tempted to complain and mope about when things aren't going to our own plan. When we are sick, we are wanting others to care for us. When we fail at school we are wanting some comfort. When we are going through relationship problems, we want a listening ear. When we have problems at work, we want to vent.

We go out and spread the gospel about how God has helped us through tough times in the past. But we can be a good witness for others, by remaining positive and faithful DURING the storm. Not just after. Of course the testimony sounds better after, but DURING times of difficulty, we are also called to be witnesses of faith, hope and love.

Job 2

 1 On another day the angels[a] came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came with them to present himself before him. 2 And the LORD said to Satan, “Where have you come from?”
   Satan answered the LORD, “From roaming throughout the earth, going back and forth on it.”
 3 Then the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil. And he still maintains his integrity, though you incited me against him to ruin him without any reason.”
 4 “Skin for skin!” Satan replied. “A man will give all he has for his own life. 5 But now stretch out your hand and strike his flesh and bones, and he will surely curse you to your face.”
 6 The LORD said to Satan, “Very well, then, he is in your hands; but you must spare his life.”
 7 So Satan went out from the presence of the LORD and afflicted Job with painful sores from the soles of his feet to the crown of his head. 8 Then Job took a piece of broken pottery and scraped himself with it as he sat among the ashes.
 9 His wife said to him, “Are you still maintaining your integrity? Curse God and die!”
 10 He replied, “You are talking like a foolish[b] woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?”
   In all this, Job did not sin in what he said.
 11 When Job’s three friends, Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite, heard about all the troubles that had come upon him, they set out from their homes and met together by agreement to go and sympathize with him and comfort him. 12 When they saw him from a distance, they could hardly recognize him; they began to weep aloud, and they tore their robes and sprinkled dust on their heads. 13 Then they sat on the ground with him for seven days and seven nights. No one said a word to him, because they saw how great his suffering was.

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