Probably one of the hardest things to do in our culture today is to find the good in the bad of situations. More often than not, when hard times come our way, we shell up and shy away from anything that could worsen our situation. However, one of the first thoughts that enters our minds is that of, “Why would God allow this to happen? If He really loves us, why is this happening? What good could possibly come out of this?” When you get to the point that you don’t think anything worse could happen, read the story of Job.
The book of Job opens by telling the reader who Job was by what he had. He was definitely a man who was blessed in many ways: money, reputation, family, etc. It informs us that Satan comes to Jesus questioning the devotion of God’s people. God goes on to tell the character of Job and how he is “a faithful servant”. Satan then asks to test him, and, surprising, we see that God grants permission.
The subsequent chapter talks about how all of Job’s possessions, livelihood, and home were successively taken from him. Yet, in the midst of it all, Job remained true to God’s word and continued to devote himself to the Lord. As he tries to make sense of everything, Job consistently praises the Lord. We begin to know some outside voices, Job’s friends, learning their own interpretations of the problem that Job is facing and how it can be fixed.
After all of this discussion, we get to Chapter 38 where God speaks simply majestically. “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding, who set its measurements…Who enclosed the sea with doors?” God, returning to the conversation, stands firm in the Truth that Job and all of the outside voices are unqualified to offer an explanation because God is the Creator of all.
Just like Job’s life, God has a plan for your life, even in the times that we see as “bad” or do not understand. When the worst takes place in your life, change your perspective to remember the character of God and praise Him in the midst, as Job did.
I challenge you to ask yourself, “What good is God trying to form out of my difficult circumstances?” and counter the “bad” with His good!