In Memory of Ruth Knoke ~ Florida Sun Coast Circuit

Then the LORD said to Satan, "Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil. And he still maintains his integrity, though you incited me against him to ruin him without any reason." "Skin for skin!" Satan replied. "A man will give all he has for his own life. But stretch out your hand and strike his flesh and bones, and he will surely curse you to your face." Job 2:3-5

Satan is persistent, isn’t he? Satan said Job would blame God. God gave Satan permission to further test Job, but Satan must spare his life. Satan caused boils to cover Job's body. Job's wife proved no help. Job's friends did their best counseling when they said nothing at all. When they spoke to Job, they put him on a guilt trip by asking what sin he had committed to cause such suffering.

Someone once shared her feelings of guilt. She had taken care of an elderly aunt who had poor control of some body functions. She accused the aunt of faking, telling her she could control it, but didn't want to. "You cause me a lot of work," she scolded. As she told me, she hung her head and began to cry. "Now I'm there," she said, "and I realize sometimes due to age or illness you have no control. You are like small children again. She's gone now, and I can't tell her I’m sorry." How do we comfort someone who feels that way? It made me realize even more, why God had given me my own experiences as well as being a caregiver. God gave me ability to comfort and care for elderly people.

First, we comfort with God’s love. She smiled with my comforting words, "He knows all about it," I told her, "Tell Him you are sorry and ask for His forgiveness. Your loved one is in Heaven now--no more challenges of any kind! And when you get there neither of you will remember because there is only pure joy there. With Jesus’ love and mercy, we know all our sins are forgiven and forgotten."

Unless we have Biblical proof, we must never decide “why” something happens to others. During trying times, let us remember Job’s words, “We receive good from God, shouldn’t we receive trouble too?” In the midst of trouble, we still have “the good from God” in Jesus. He conquered Satan and sin and leaves us as inheritors of a planned eternity in heaven. What better comfort is there?