When Life Doesn’t Work Out for Your Good

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Job 2:28 “And he took him a potsherd to scrape himself withal; and he sat down among the ashes.”

We love to quote Romans 8:28 which says, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Many tend to hang onto this promise when going through tough times. However, what do you do when things don't turn out for good? What do you do when it seems like this promise has failed? The fact that it has not turned out for your good does not mean that it has not turned out for good, and just because you disagree with God does it mean that it is not for good.

Job figured out that there are many times in life when things don't turn out for your good. He did everything in his power to make sure that good came, but life still happened, and he still found himself sitting down among the ashes. The amazing thing about Job in this time of his life is that he didn't let the bad that happened to him change his perspective of his God. When life didn't turn out for Job’s good, he did several things that every believer should do when life doesn't work out for their good. Let me point out what you should do when life doesn't work out for your good.

First, don’t change your perspective of God. Always remember that God is still God no matter what has happened to you in your life. God's providence, power, deity, and goodness are not dependent upon what happens to you in your life. God is still the all-powerful God despite bad things happening to you in life. God is still God despite the tragedy that may come to you in life. God is still good no matter what may come upon you in life. One thing that will keep you going when life has not turned out the way you thought it should is to keep a proper perspective of God.

Second, realize that God has a right to do what He pleases. Job said in Job 1:21, “…Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.” Job understood that God didn't have to get his permission to take away from him. Likewise, God does not have to get your permission to take away from you. Let me ask you, did God ask your permission to give you good? The answer to this question is that he did not, and neither does God have to get permission to take from you when He deems that it is best.

Third, don’t lose your integrity. When Job's wife told him to curse God and die, he asked, “What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil?” Job would not let life’s tragedy change what he had worked so hard to build, and that was his integrity. The greatest test of your integrity is not doing right in the good times but continuing to do right when life turns against you. Life may take many things from you, but one thing you can always hold on to is your integrity. Don't let tragedy steal your integrity.

Fourth, don’t sin with your lips and accuse God of not being good. Twice, the Scriptures say about Job, “In all this did not Job sin with his lips.” My friend, be careful about saying things about God when your heart is hurting from life's tragedies. Keep your tongue silent when you want to say foolish things about God, and just keep trusting Him. Trusting God has never failed, and it won’t fail you when life has not turned out for your good.

Dr. Allen Domelle


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