But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. 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.
We don’t get to choose what God brings into our lives or allows us to experience. We don’t get to tell Him what is acceptable to us and what we will refuse to accept from Him. He’s God, and so He does as He pleases. He’s God and knows much better than we do. He is God and has a purpose and plan that we can’t always see. But we do choose how we respond to these things that come into our lives and how we will allow them to affect our relationship with God.
Job was willing to give God the ultimate authority in his life. He trusted not only that God would give and take as He would, but that everything that happened in his life was under God’s authority. He knew nothing could happen—what he would perceive as good or evil—without God’s hand in it. So whatever happened to him must be in God’s will for his life. And surely in the midst of that deep sorrow and pain and suffering he would experience, that truth remained somewhere in his heart and helped him to get through it all.
And with that same knowledge, we can have the attitude that Job did toward what he was experiencing. We can’t blame God for things that happen in our lives that we don’t like, but we must trust Him simply because He is God and has authority over our lives. We can’t curse God for our circumstances when we don’t understand what He is doing and we can’t see the overarching plan that He is achieving through them. It’s about trusting God especially when nothing makes sense and surrendering our will to His in those moments and allowing Him to work.
So let us respond properly. Let us follow Job’s example. Let us refuse to allow struggles and trials and the attacks of Satan to cause us to sin against God but instead allow those difficulties to draw us ever closer to God and help us to know Him and understand Him better and love Him more and more. Let us learn the lessons we can learn from those experiences and emerge from those fires more purified, more faithful, and more useful to our Lord.