Last year, several of our church members and guests of the congregation studied Richard Rohr’s book Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life. We still have a few books available if you are interested to read it. Rohr proposes to faithfully embrace the abundance of the blessings in life, regardless of how, too often, they may feel like punishment. Life is a blessing as it is. Let’s learn to take it one day at a time and enjoy what we have.
Job 1:1; 2:1-10
In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil. On another day the angels came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came with them to present himself before him. And the Lord said to Satan, “Where have you come from?” Satan answered the Lord, “From roaming throughout the earth, going back and forth on it.”
Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil. And he still maintains his integrity, though you incited me against him to ruin him without any reason.”
“Skin for skin!” Satan replied. “A man will give all he has for his own life. But now stretch out your hand and strike his flesh and bones, and he will surely curse you to your face.”
The Lord said to Satan, “Very well, then, he is in your hands; but you must spare his life.” So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord and afflicted Job with painful sores from the soles of his feet to the crown of his head. Then Job took a piece of broken pottery and scraped himself with it as he sat among the ashes.
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 accept good from God, and not trouble?” In all this, Job did not sin in what he said.
Question: Where are you when you see bad things happen to good people? Are you with Job’s wife, who advised him to curse God and die or with Job’s friends who believe he did do something wrong to deserve his suffering?