9 Job’s wife said to him, “Are you still clinging to your integrity? Curse God, and die. 10 Job said to her, “You’re talking like a foolish woman. Will we receive good from God but not also receive bad?” In all this, Job didn’t sin with his lips. Job 2:9-10, CEB
How can you believe in God at a time like this?
That’s essentially what Job’s wife asks. Except, obviously, she’s not asking him anything. She’s just telling him to give up. Job’s response is somewhat similar to the ideas we’ve been exploring the past few days…if we’re willing to accept the good aspects of life, how can we refuse the bad?
The reality is, we have no choice. We must accept bad with good. In some strange way, this seems to provide some kind of order to the way the world works. My favorite part of the serenity prayer is the first line: “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change.”
I suppose that means part of the discipline is learning to distract ourselves from questions like the one above and, instead, learning to accept that which we cannot change. I do not know how to do that exactly, but I suspect that simple prayer is as good a place to start as any.