The Good Outweighs the Bad

Steven Laman

READ : Job 2:1-10

Some people might say to me, “Why are you so happy? You are in a wheelchair, and you can’t even make yourself understood most of the time. Why in the world are you happy?” Sure, my disability limits my life in many ways. On the other hand, I still have a multitude of good things in my life.

Job lived like a king. He had a large family and all kinds of livestock. Satan then asked if he could test Job to see if he loved God only because of what he got from Him. When the test started, Satan took away all his children and livestock, and inflicted him with all kinds of painful sores. Still, Job did not curse God. In fact, he said, “Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?”

Like Job, I have to accept some trouble with the good that God gives to me. However, I am constantly amazed that the enjoyable experiences in my life outweigh the disappointments and the sorrows. God has given me friends who accept me, eyes that can see the beauty of this world, and most of all, a close relationship with Him. The list would go on and on if I would take time to list all the good in my life. My disability is an island of trouble in a sea of good and wonderful gifts from my Lord’s hand.


Lord, help us to see that the good outweighs the bad in our lives. In Your Son’s name. Amen.