Tuesday 29 July 2014

Tuesday of Week 26 Year 2

When you are faced with problems, calamities, hardship, suffering, anxiety, stress, or depression, how would you respond? Some would give up and despair. Some would resort to abuse of substances, thinking that such things could alleviate the pain, only to fall into addiction and one could end up being worse off. Some would start blaming others for their condition, or even blame God. How many of us would bravely, resolutely and unwaveringly go through the situation, trusting God and knowing that God would help us?

In today's reading, we come across Job who had been inflicted with one catastrophe after another. His friends believed he was suffering for heavy crimes or sins he may have committed. His wife said to him, “Do you still hold fast to your integrity? Curse God and die!” Satan was trying to make him curse God for the situation he was in. Yet, Job did not curse God or despair. He cursed the day he was born instead, wishing that he had not been born. No where did he put the blame on anyone or God. He was expressing his feelings via figures of speech and exaggeration. Ultimately, Job still trusted in God to see him through his predicament.

If we are ever faced with a similar situation, let us be steadfast in faith. Let us not give in to the temptations of the evil one, and continue to trust in God's love and providence. Sometimes things happen to us for a reason, and God can transform our situation into something better or beautiful. Are we patient and humble enough to let God heal us in His time?

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