Children’s Devotion on Accepting Difficulties Without Complaining

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How can we accept the difficulties of life without complaining and actually rejoice?  Let’s see who Job responded to difficulties. 

Background: The book of Job tells the story of a faithful man who feared God. One day Satan (the acccuser) came to God making accusations against God’s people. God suggested that Satan take a look at His faithful servant Job. Satan told God that the only reason that Job was faithful was because God was blessing him. God therefore gave Satan permission to test Job. And Satan did; he destroyed Job’s crops, livestock, servants, houses and even killed Job’s children. Then Satan attacked Job directly.

Ask the children…

What did Satan do to Job?

“So Satan left the Lord’s presence, and he struck Job with terrible boils from head to foot.” (Job 2:7)

What did Job’s wife encourage Job to do?

“His wife said to him, ‘Are you still trying to maintain your integrity? Curse God and die.’” (2:9 )

How did Job respond? 

“But Job replied, ‘You talk like a foolish woman. Should we accept only good things from the hand of God and never anything bad?’ So in all this, Job said nothing wrong.”  (Job 2:10)

Job accepted the good and the bad from God.  Isn’t that like our lives.  Some things happen to us that we don’t understand and we are upset.  Sometimes we even scream at God for allowing these things to happen.  But Job realized that God is faithful to us even during the bad times and He will use these difficulties for our benefit. 

“And we know that God causes everything to work together[a] for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”  (Romans 8:28)

Feel free to share your own stories below in the comments section.

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