You might say it was a bad day. I woke up later than I wanted, my work clothes in the dryer were tied in knots and my lunchbox broke. Later at work they gave me a route to drive that was already 20 minutes late! Even as I was trying to stay positive about my day this song which goes “you had a bad day” kept playing in my mind.
As I fought with myself over the temptation to be angry I suddenly realized if every day I say “I trust you God” and I say “I want your will to be done in my life” then how could it ever be a bad day? Isn’t it His will no matter the circumstance?
Most of the time our automatic reaction to anything bad that happens is thinking, “What did I do to deserve this?” Which was exactly the way Job’s friends saw things. Back in Job’s day, it was believed that if you were always good you would be blessed, but if you sinned evil would happen to you. When Job lost all of his possessions and even his children everyone thought he had sinned. I suspect his wife did as well. She said to him in Job 2:9 after he still maintained his integrity, “…curse God and die.” I can imagine she was blaming him for all the tragedy that had come upon them.
Even though this is how we all sometimes think I have found with God the opposite is true. In the Bible, I find God to be full of mercy and compassion. Look at the book of Jonah, God spared the entire town of Nineveh instead of punishing them for their wickedness.
When God told Jonah to prophesy against Nineveh, instead of going he ran away. In Jonah 4:2 he explains why, “And he prayed to the Lord and said, please Lord, was this not what I said while I was still in my own country? Therefore, in order to forestall this I fled to Tarshish, for I knew that Thou art a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness, and one who relents concerning calamity.” Jonah understood that if he prophesied to them and they listened that God would have compassion and forgive them.
Since God is compassionate, why then does He allow us such bad days? He is showing us a different kind of compassion, the kind of compassion that leads us to His truth. When we experience situations beyond our control, what comes out of our mouth is a true testimony of what is in our heart, with each circumstance bringing out either selfishness and anger or love and patience. God uses these circumstances to test our character, not for His knowledge, but for us to see what’s in our own heart.
God shows us compassion by not leaving us the same, remember it is God’s goal to make us Christ Like. We will never be to a point in which we do not need change in our life. Even though God said Job was blameless he still learned a lesson. Job Learned that God was much greater than he thought and it brought him to a deeper knowledge of God.
What can we learn from our bad days? To trust God, knowing that whether a day is good or bad is not determined upon our circumstances but on our attitude about those circumstances.
Father, help us to learn from our bad days instead of blaming you for them. In the name of Jesus, amen