“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.”
Maybe the hardest thing that Job faced when going through his trials was when his wife advised him to curse God and die. I believe we often are a bit too hard on Job’s wife because she faced the same heartache that he faced; nevertheless, she did make this foolish statement.
Job’s response to his wife is a proper reflection of how you must look at life. He questioned, “What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil?” These questions were more rhetorical than they were inquisitive. These were questions that made a statement to his wife that it is unreasonable to think that we can go through life only receiving good. His outlook caused God to say, “In all this did not Job sin with his lips.” Though Job had to work on things in his heart, his outlook on life was pure, which caused him not to “sin with his lips.”
Christian, you will only control what your lips say when your outlook towards God and life are right. Far too many Christians have the outlook on life as Job’s wife did, and that is why their life is filled with complaining. Job’s outlook was pure, and if you are going to live life with a positive outlook, you are going to have to look at it through Job’s perspective. Let me give you some observations concerning his outlook.
First, God is the giver of all. Notice that Job said, “…shall we receive good at the hand of God…” Everything we get in life truly comes from God. Having a proper perspective on who is the giver of all things will help you to trust in the Him. When you begin to think that what you get comes from another, your eyes will quickly be taken away from God. Christian, always realize that everything you get in life comes from God; this will help you to keep a proper source mindset.
Second, God must give you bad so that you can enjoy the good. If all that God gave you were good, the good would no longer be good. It is the good and bad that God allows that helps us to enjoy the blessings of God. Job was correct in realizing that God must allow us to go through bad times because they are what allow us to enjoy the good times.
Third, we are to be thankful for both the bad and the good. Ephesians 5:20 says, “Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;” It is easy to give thanks for the things that we enjoy, but when is the last time you thanked God for what you did not enjoy? If you would realize that God allowed the bad, you could find a reason to thank Him for it. I’m not saying that you have to enjoy what you are going through, but you are to be thankful for everything if you desire to stay right with the LORD.
Fourth, God will protect you from bearing more than your capacity. 1 Corinthians 10:13 says, “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able…” My friend, trusting the faithfulness of God helps you to keep a pure outlook on life. You may feel overwhelmed, but God has ordained it to strengthen you. God will be sure that what you face is not too much for you to endure.