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January 23, 2019, 10:59 AM

January 9, 2019


“Then his wife said to him, ‘Are you still maintaining your integrity? Curse God and die!’ He replied, ‘You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we indeed accept good from God and not trouble?’ In all this Job did not sin with his lips.” Job 2:9-10

 

We live in a culture that seems to have forgotten the term integrity. The word is used very loosely today, if at all. Integrity means adherence to moral and ethical principles and a soundness of character and honesty. For Christians, it means following the example set forth by Jesus. We are constantly faced with situations that tempt us to alter our integrity. This happens most often through peer pressure. There are those who try to coax us away from the Biblical standard in order to avoid the truth in a particular situation. Actually, it is not so much people as it is the enemy using others to make us vulnerable. Satan has always worked that way because he desires to affect our fellowship with God, our witness and our purpose.

Far too many take God’s principles as just “old news” from the Bible. There are many times when we are tempted to give up and give in to the pressure surrounding us. That is exactly what the enemy desires! Job experienced a terrible situation without the support of his wife. She questioned his faithfulness to God and recommended that Job give up. Look carefully at Job’s answer in the verses above. “Shall we indeed accept good from God and not accept adversity?” Adversity is a bridge to a deeper fellowship with God. Adversity comes into each of our lives and usually at the worst possible time.

How we respond to adversity says so much about our relationship and fellowship with God. People will taunt you, ridicule you and even question your heart’s desire to be obedient to Him. Yet, we know that in those difficult times, God is always there for comfort, strength and guidance. It is through adversity that we seek God and grow toward greater dependence on Him. You may be in the midst of adversity even as you read this article. If so, remember that God is with you, loves you and is deepening your walk with Him as He guides you through the situation. If you are not facing adversity at the moment, praise God and ask Him to prepare you for the day that it will come because it surely will. May we, as Job, understand that God gives and takes away but we will praise Him forever!

                                                                                                         We love you,

                                                                                                         Brad and Virginia


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