Downright Upright

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 stretch out your hand and strike his flesh and bones, and he will surely curse you to your face.”

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 top 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 holding on to your integrity? Curse God and die!”

10 He replied, “You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?” In all this, Job did not sin in what he said.

Job was an upright man who feared the Lord. He maintained his integrity even while he was going through a vicious attack by Satan. His wife counseled him to curse God and die – yet Job held on to his convictions. He replied, “Shall we accept good from God and not trouble?”

As Christians we can never expect to have good always and never trouble. Trouble will surely come – but we can be sure that God is working out the trouble for our good and in the meantime that trouble will produce in us patience, faith and longsuffering. There is a testimony waiting behind each test – although you may not feel it now – it is there and will be revealed in God’s time!

I find in my own life that there are times when this steadfast faith seems impossible to hold onto. It is very hard to hold on to faith when things in your life seem like their crashing around you. But God remains faithful! He reminds us that we will not always have mountain top experiences, that there will be times in our lives when the valley holds us captive. When you are faced with these trials continue to encourage yourself even when others around you (like Job’s wife) discourage you and try to get you to doubt God. Remember at all times God is working on your behalf. He never takes a break, He hasn’t forgotten about you and He loves you unconditionally!

Continue to be strong in your convictions even if you must stand alone!

c/Candie A. Price

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