You Are Stronger Than You Realize!

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Job 2:10

2015 Frieda P. Smith

Let’s admit it. Most of us are like spoiled children. We want everything that we perceive to be good. We do not mind if it rains all night—it makes good sleeping weather—but in the morning, we want the sun to be shining.

On the way to work, we want green lights all the way and no traffic on the road. We do not want to be stuck behind yellow school buses with those little red stop signs sticking out, dropping off children or picking them up—even if some of the children happen to be ours.

When we get to work, we want to have a good day; no problems with our boss, no drama with our co-workers, and no issues with our clients or customers.

However, let’s get real: Every day is not going to be a good day! When you wake up in the morning, it may be raining (and worse, you may have just gotten your hair done!). There may be traffic on the road. You are going to have to stop at a red light. During school days, you may get stuck behind a school bus. When you get to work, you may have a problem with your boss, drama with your co-workers, and issues with your clients or customers. Nevertheless, do not worry, you are stronger than you realize!

In our text for this inspirational message, taken from Job 2:10, after losing everything he had—his children, his possessions, and even his good health—Job’s wife said to him, “Do you still hold fast to your integrity? Curse God and die”.

In other words, because so many bad things had happened to Job—because of all the losses he suffered—his wife was having serious problems accepting the bad. All of a sudden, it was time to “curse God”.

Although many of us say, “How could she?” we are often guilty of harboring a similar attitude when “the good life” takes a turn in the opposite direction. As long as God is blessing us, as long as we have a job, as long as our marriage is strong, as long as our bodies are healthy, as long as the mortgage is paid, as long as the new car is parked in the driveway, as long as the church is packed, and the offerings are flowing, we’re good with God!

On the other hand, we seem to forget Jesus warned His disciples in John 16:33, “In the world you will have tribulations…” He did not say “might”. Jesus said “you WILL.” There is no getting around it. And by the way, Jesus did not say “Your cousin will…”  Jesus said, “You will.” No one is exempt!

You WILL have bad days. You WILL struggle. You WILL have tribulations!

Accept the bad with the good. You are stronger than you realize!

When Job’s wife suggested that her husband “curse God and die”, Job replied in verse 10, “You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept well from God, and shall we not accept adversity?”

In essence, Job said, “Honey, we can’t be picky. Whatever God gives us, we have to accept it from Him. We are stronger than we realize.”

My friends, whatever God gives you, accept it from Him. He is allowing you to go through this season of adversity and affliction because He knows you will accept it and handle it without “cursing Him”.

Every day you endure is a day of victory. It is a day closer to the end of the struggle.

I know it is not easy, but accept the bad with the good.

You can do this!

You are stronger than you realize.

3 thoughts on “You Are Stronger Than You Realize!

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    Janice walters said:
    August 18, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    This is so true! As I was just thanking God for another blessed year, I thanked Him first for his many blessings that I did not deserve. I am highly favored for his keeping power and grace that He lets me live to get it right one more day; another year. Though I struggle with colitis I have become a stronger Christian. I know that tribulations will come, but I can and will rise above them. I have learned that my Faith is strong and that I serve a mighty God who watches over me and my children everyday! I thank him for forgiveness and the knowledge to seek it everyday. May I repent and do His will according to His plan for my life. I thank God for living 51 years today as I strive to be a better, stronger, wiser, and more loving child of a God!
    Thank you for my birthday words of encouragement. I know Im on the right path. This is confirmation! Love you! Continue being a blessing to us all!

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      Frieda P. Smith responded:
      August 18, 2015 at 2:41 pm

      To God be the Glory!!! Thank you for sharing your story and Happy Birthday to you! I do understand the struggle of dealing with health issues; it is not easy. But like you, I have learned to accept the bad with the good, knowing the God would never put more on me than I can bear.

      Yes, you are on the right path! Yes, you can do it, and every day you get through, it’s a day of victory! To God be the glory for the things He is doing in your life!

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