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Job 2.9-10 – Accepting whatever comes from God’s hands.
Posted: 6 July 2011 in Job

Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse God, and die. 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.

Job’s case is rather extreme, but the principle these two verses set out is of more general applicability. We can’t ask for all sorts of goodies from God, and then complain when some evil comes our way. Confidence in God has to be confidence that whatever he determines upon will surely come to pass. The working out of his will might not always be to our liking, but one of the criticisms of Christianity I hear from atheists is that it postulates a universe which was created just for us. It was created for God of course, but it is unfortunate that there are too many Christians who give them reason to think that – with perhaps the prosperity gospel being the most grotesque example.