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Accept adversity?

There are some verses in the Bible where the reader might do a double-take and think, “Did it just say that?” Job’s statement in Job 2:10 is one such passage. In verse 9, Job’s wife told him, “Curse God and die!” How would Job respond to that? “You speak as one of the foolish women speaks.  Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?”

It is certainly easy to “accept good” and be excited about “good” when it comes into our lives. We would never think about blaming God for “good.” But then “adversity” comes. Do we blame God? Do we throw it in His face? Or do we “accept” it and see that God not only can (and does) work in the “good” times, but He also works in our lives during the “bad” times? When we allow Him, our God can bring about greater “perseverance,” “character” and “hope,” as a result of our adversity (Jas. 1:2-4; Rom. 5:3-4). Read the end of the book of Job and that’s exactly what you find. Will you accept adversity and let God strengthen you through it?