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Job 2:10 But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God…

So then, we all have days—good and not-so-good days. Today began bright then turned cloudy and back to sunny again. This same pattern runs during our lives the good and bad jumbled together woven into a pattern we will not know the finished pattern until the end. Sometimes it’s because of choices we make or sometimes good and evil just comes to us.

In this passage, Job has lost everything. He’s lost his wealth, health, most of what has been important to him, except his wife, and their exchange goes like this: Job 2:9 Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still hold fast thine integrity? renounce God, and die. Job 2:10 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.

The entire book of Job deals with trusting God, conversations, doubts, and fears that we may have in our struggles here on earth, and coming back/keeping our faith in God.

In the hymn ‘My Savior, As Thou Wilt’ there is a line that reads: My Savior as Thou wilt, If needy here and poor, Give me thy people’s bread their portion rich and sure; The manna of thy word, let my soul feed upon, and if all else should fail, My Lord thy will be done.

The whole song is a rich hymn with much thought. Life will always have its trials and Satan knows the ones that are difficult for each individual. It may be the loss of several things such as health, wealth, friends, death of family or friends any number of things.

Job’s loss was sudden and catastrophic reaching into the depths of his soul. There are several aspects of the trial of Job and what it taught but it does show that in spite of the struggle and that in spite of everything Job still believed. Unlike when our faith sometimes just slips away like items that you’ve put down and forget to pick them up again, Job didn’t let go didn’t let faith slip away.

After several chapters of back and forth with his friends the younger of the group speaks up in defense of God, and at last, God speaks up and asks Job questions with several chapters worth of beautiful poetry. Job is a very beautiful book and carries with it memories. I laugh when Job tells his friends speaking in chapter 12:1 and 2 “Then Job answered and said, (Job 12:2) No doubt but ye are the people, And wisdom shall die with you.” He’s saying to these friends you who think you have all the answers.

Job 42:

1 Then Job answered Jehovah, and said,
2 I know that thou canst do all things, And that no purpose of thine can be restrained.
3 Who is this that hideth counsel without knowledge? Therefore have I uttered that which I understood not, Things too wonderful for me, which I knew not.
4 Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak; I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.
5 I had heard of thee by the hearing of the ear; But now mine eye seeth thee:
6 Wherefore I abhor myself, And repent in dust and ashes.