|In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing. - Job 1:22|
There are those who, simply said, have the ability to "roll with the punches." Life can dish out its worst scenarios and these folks evaluate and react accordingly. Onlookers stand in amazement at how these individuals glide through disaster with grace.
Tad Anderson was a modern day Job. Married at 22 years old, he and his wife were dreaming of a long life together. Their first child came into their lives when they were 23 years old. By the time they were 27, they had three small children, good careers and a zest for life.
Tad left his home at five in the afternoon heading to the baseball field, but by the sixth inning his cell phone was ringing. When he answered the call, he found that his wife and three children had been hit head-on by a drunk driver, sending the car careening over an embankment and bursting into flames. Within seconds his entire life change--he'd lost everything.
Months after he buried his family, a friend asked him how he managed to move forward knowing that God had taken his family. His response, "God did not take my family. A drunk driver killed my innocent family. God is the sustainer of life, here and in heaven. My family is sustained in the blessed grace and mercy of heaven."
The first response for the average person is to accuse God of ruining their lives. The Father seems to take the brunt of our pain when bad things happen to us. However, Tad had it right. Approaching the unfortunate things in our lives with the attitude of Job can help us manage the pain.
We'll never understand the why's of the universe, but we can rest assured Satan actively seeks and attacks us --sometimes stealing those who mean the most to us. Tad suffered a deep loss, yet he did not blame the Father. He glorified God by saying He was the sustainer of all life, both in heaven and earth. What an amazing attitude. What an amazing faith. When tough times hit, it's hard to look for the good. Job admitted that he came into the world naked and he would leave the same way. He suffered, yet he remained faithful in the fact that God was a sovereign God.
When the ills of life strike, grasp hold to the hope within the Savior. Even if you feel that things are slipping away, hold tight. The prize for those who are diligent is worth the wait.