“For as long as life is in me…
My lips certainly will not speak unjustly,
Nor will my tongue mutter deceit.
Far be it from me that I should declare you right;
Till I die, I will not put away my integrity from me.
I hold fast my righteousness and will not let it go.
My heart does not reproach any of my days.”
God allows things to happen to us. Sometimes, it is for our discipline. That is why Job’s words above are important. Look at that last line, “My heart does not reproach any of my days.” This just means that Job went before God, asked God to show him if there was any sin that he had committed. In the face of conviction, Job had repented. If there was no conviction, then Job was free to continue on. When hard things come upon you, first ask God to convict you of sin. This may not have been an act of sin as much as a heart attitude of sin such as fear, pride, worry, selfishness, etc… If you are convicted by the Holy Spirit within you, then repent. If not, then continue on. Remember that sometimes, God allows the hard things of life to come upon us for our pruning. He uses it to cut off that which is harmful to us or that is keeping us from growing in Him and His word.