We all have problems and throughout our lives we will experience more problems of varying degrees. It just makes me shake my head when I observe followers of Christ who either don’t believe they should experience problems or they complain loudly about the problems they are facing.
I remember the true story of a man who faced terrible adversity in his life. He lost his possessions. His farm workers were killed by criminals. His children were killed in a horrible accident. He lost his health. His friends asked him what sins he had committed in his life to cause all this anguish. He even lost the support of his wife who suggested that her husband just curse God and die. Do you know whom I’m talking about? Yes…it’s Job.
Even when confronted with all these problems here was Job’s reply as recorded in the Bible, Should we accept only good things from the hand of God and never anything bad? So in all this, Job said nothing wrong.
Isn’t that a remarkable response? When is the last time we faced difficult issues and said to our family and friends, Should we accept only good things from the hand of God and never anything bad? What Job was really saying is this; If we are followers of Christ let’s act like it. Let’s be an example of the character of Christ.
Let’s not complain like many in the world do. Let’s not feel sorry for ourselves. Let’s not quit and throw in the towel. Instead, let’s understand that problems will be a part of life but we serve a God greater than our problems. Let’s show others the joy that comes from following Christ. Let our behavior in the tough times cause others to ask why we are different. Let our examples be the motivation for others to develop a desire to also follow Christ.