Church of England Diocese of Canterbury Sandhurst

Daily Scripture & Reflection

25 May 2021, 9 a.m.
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Daily Scripture

Satan left God and struck Job with terrible sores. His wife said 'Still holding on to your precious integrity, are you? Curse God and be done with it. He told her " You're talking like an empty headed fool. We take the good days from God - why not also the bad days?" Not once through all this did Job sin. He said nothing against God" (Job 2, 7-10)

Daily Reflection

Poor Job. Struck down with sores, he also lost his home, his family and his livelihood. Job was a good, Godly man yet suffered immensely. Here lies the age old question of why bad things happen to good people? When we are in trouble and feel alone and unsure, what do we do? Friends may try to give us answers, but they don't understand. We cry out to God and ask "Why me?", but we don't seem to hear His voice. Instead of trying to understand God's plan in our suffering, or work out how to prevent trouble from happening again, perhaps we should try to enter into our suffering, looking around for the God who makes Himself know to us in many ways, from the little things we take for granted, to the wonders of the galaxies above us - the God who dwells in us. Both the worst that might happen to us and the everyday mundane is God's territory. In the former, we simply cling onto the God who sees our suffering and shares our pain, and is our single source of hope in all things.

Vicki Young