In the story of Job in the Bible, we read that Job had a conversation with his wife concerning the troubles that befell him. Job 2:9-10, 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.
In other words, Job says here that the evil happening to him came from God, and it was because he served God that God had chosen to reward him with evil. Scriptures like this make some people think that they have a support for their case. The fact that this kind of statement is written in the Bible does not mean that it is correct.
Job said that it was God that gave him the evil, but if you read the story of Job you would realize that it did not come from God, it was the devil that carried out all the attacks that Job suffered. We need to recognize that God is a good God, and stop to despise His goodness. As human beings, we have the tendency to despise the goodness of God and the reason that we despise His goodness is mainly because we do not know that God is always good.
People do not want to take responsibility for the things that happen in their lives, and so they explain it off. Many times, people would not go as far as to say that God did evil to them, but they would say that God approved it, but I tell you something, there is no difference between what God approves and what God does. You must begin to understand God as God who will neither approve nor give any kind of evil towards His people. God is intrinsically good.
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Psalm 34:5 says, They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed. When you look unto God, He becomes your focus. God is your centre. God is everything to you. When you look unto Him in the day of adversity, He says your faces will be enlightened because He is a good God. We reflect the world we are most conscious of. When you look up to Him as you allow Him to take your attention, you would reflect God and your situation is changed.
Have you had times in your life, like Job, when you felt like God’s goodness is vague? Share in comments box below, your experience and how you were liberated.
Excerpts from the forthcoming book of Pastor Alex Adegboye, ‘God is Good!’