“Why should Christians be good and help others and never get much wealth when so many who don’t believe in Christ prosper and have so much?” he asked angrily. His wife died following a lengthy illness that drained all of the family’s emotional, spiritual and financial resources. His anger, coupled with grief, was understandable. Most of us have experienced feelings like that to some degree.
However, let’s think of Job for a moment. He was good and his friends were evil. He experienced much pain and suffering while his friends seemed to enjoy the good things of life.
Then there is the story of Joseph. He was a good and decent man and his “superior’s” wife was not. She had him arrested on an unjust charge and he was imprisoned.
Sometimes it seems as though being good has no reward. It is an end in itself. We receive no recognition or appreciation.
That is when we need to recall the words of the Psalmist: “The people will say ‘Surely the righteous still are rewarded; surely there is a God who judges the earth.’“
Job’s boils became his blessings and if Joseph had not been a prisoner he would not have become a prime minister.
God will take the worst events of our lives and ultimately transform them into our greatest blessings.
Prayer: Grant us patience, Father, knowing that You are faithful and will turn our tragedies into triumphs. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Psalm 58:11 So that men will say, “Surely there is a reward for the righteous; Surely He is God who judges in the earth.”