We’ve all seen them—those people who smile through the worst storm, encourage others when life kicks them in the teeth, and always respond, “Great,” when asked, “How are you?”
First, let’s clarify one issue. Remaining positive does not mean we never have a bad day or that we never question God. Listen to Job: I cry out to You, God, but You do not answer; I stand up, but You merely look at me (Job 30:20). Job was definitely having a bad day. In fact, a string of bad days. We can expect those too.
During his miserable moments, Job took his concerns directly to God. Let’s be honest in our prayers. If we’re angry, we should tell God. If we’re depressed, let’s say so. God already knows anyway. This step frees us of pent-up emotions and creates an open flow of communication. We hear God better when we’re not trying to mask our feelings.
Job waited for God’s answer—easier said than done. As believers, we can say with Job, I will wait for my renewal to come (Job 14:14). Whether considering tomorrow or eternity, God has us covered.
Job listened to God’s answer once he received it—a simple task that’s easy to fail in. Imagine God saying to Job in chapter 38 and following “Just who do you think you are?” Why do we moan and groan for answers, yet ignore them when they come? Job responds to God in chapter 42, verse 3, Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know. Let’s join in that declaration.
Job also embraced God’s love and promises. When everyone deserts us, God remains. When everything fails, God succeeds. When life gets us down, God picks us up. When we lose all hope, God offers hope. When conflict surrounds us, God grants us peace. We may not receive all our answers during this life, but we can rest securely knowing that God reigns now and eternally.
Remember God’s faithfulness, and remain positive in a negative world.
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