Today I studied in the book of Job. As I did so, two verses stood out to me. These two verses answered, in my mind, the question often asked: “Why does God let bad things happen to good people?”, as much in telling “why” as in telling us how we should respond. In Job 3:26, while Job is lamenting he says, “I was not in safety, neither had I rest, neither was I quiet; yet trouble came.” His words, “yet trouble came,” show that even though he was doing everything he was supposed to be doing, trouble still came his way. The righteous have as great a need to pass through the fiery furnace of mortality as the unrighteous.
The second scripture comes in Job 2:10 when we see the attitude of Job toward these trials he faced as he says to his wife: “What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall not receive evil?” Job acknowledges that if we accept the good things that God gives us, we must also accept the bad. In our being alive on this earth, we have all accepted the good things that God has given us. We must learn then to see our trials from God’s perspective. However difficult they may be for us now, we become more like our Savior and our Heavenly Father by facing and overcoming them. A lesson to be learned from Job is that, through all of his trials and tests, being abandoned by his friends and losing everything he loved and knew, he never denied God; he worshiped Him unfailingly with full purpose of heart. If we keep that same faith throughout whatever we are called to face, we have been promised that we will receive “all that the Father hath” and become “joint heirs with Christ”.
You think trials are unfair? Wait till you see the blessings.