When things go bad, where do you turn?

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By Jess Thompson

The book of Job is truly an amazing story.
I often wonder how people say the Bible isn’t true or that it’s been changed or man-made.
Such rich stories are hard to fathom being anything than other than God’s holy word in my opinion.
I try and relate the plight of Job to my own life.
How many times have I experienced failure or loss or problems in general and asked God why me?
Job was a devout servant of God.
He was powerful, successful and had many possessions and a large family.
In an instant everything was taken from him. His possessions were stolen and his children died tragically, all at once.
Ultimately he was even smitten with painful sores all over his body.
Next, his own wife came and told him to curse God and die.
Finally, his three close friends came and criticized him relentlessly.
Now, when has everyone in your life turned on you, you lose your children and home and are horribly sick?
How would you respond?
I know how I have responded at different times to much less personal peril and I can say I am not proud of it.
At Job’s darkest hour he says, Job 19:25-27 “I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see him with my own eyes — I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!”
I think we all have something to learn from Job’s response, and I hope I can learn when I am at my lowest to call on God and realize he is almighty.
Regardless of our circumstances, God reins.