Job 2:4-10
4 Satan replied to the Lord, “Skin for skin-he blesses you only because you bless him. A man will give up everything he has to save his life. 5 But take away his health, and he will surely curse you to your face!” 6 “All right, do with him as you please,” the Lord said to Satan. “But spare his life.” 7 So Satan left the Lord’s presence, and he struck Job with a terrible case of boils from head to foot. 8 Then Job scraped his skin with a piece of broken pottery as he sat among the ashes. 9 His wife said to him, “Are you still trying to maintain your integrity? Curse God and die.” 10 But Job replied, “You talk like a godless woman. Should we accept only good things from the hand of God and never anything bad?” So in all this, Job said nothing wrong.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Many people think that believing in God protects them from trouble, so when trouble comes, they will question God’s goodness and justice.  But the message of Job is that you should not give up on God because He allows you to have bad experiences for His purposes.  Faith in God does not guarantee prosperity and lack of faith does not guarantee troubles in life.  If this were so, people would believe in God simply to get blessed and avoid pain.  God is capable of rescuing us from any kind of suffering, but He may allow suffering to come for a purpose we cannot understand.  It is Satan’s strategy to get us to doubt God when trouble comes. Job is showing us a perspective that is broader than seeking our own personal comfort. God is not always interested in our comfort, He is interested in our becoming more like Him.  And if that means we have to go through some pain, it will happen.  Our focus should always be on His will and not our comfort.  God is interested in everything that happens to us, but He wants our faith in Him to come from a heart that loves Him and not a heart that gets what it wants.

Have a God Day!