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GUEST COLUMNIST: Anna Marie Dobson


Recently both of my brother’s phones were stolen. But why? What did they ever do to deserve having their phones stolen? Sunday afternoon I was getting out of my car to go to work and my nice large cup of Zaxbys sweet tea spilt over my dress and all in my car. Why did that happen? I was late walking into work because I had to change and clean up the mess I made. Why do bad things happen to good people? Why me? I mean, after all, I did go to church that morning. Was God not happy that I spent my morning worshiping Him? Shouldn’t good things be happening to me??

I’m absolutely positive you can think of a time when you questioned why something bad was happening to you. We all do it. I don’t know the exact answer as to why, but I believe that God often lets these things happen to us to teach us a lesson. Maybe he is teaching us to rely on Him in times of need. Maybe you’ve been praying for God to help you with your temper so when something happens God is allowing you to be tested to see how you react.

Sometimes when something bad happens we automatically question God wanting to know why but we forget that Satan is also there making sure bad things happen to us all the time. We can’t forget that Satan is always waiting for us to stumble and fall. We need to be on our guard and always be sure to not let the devil get the best of you.


“There once was a man named Job who lived in the land of Uz. He was blameless—a man of complete integrity. He feared God and stayed away from evil. He had seven sons and three daughters. He owned 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 teams of oxen, and 500 female donkeys. He also had many servants. He was, in fact, the richest person in that entire area. Job’s sons would take turns preparing feasts in their homes, and they would also invite their three sisters to celebrate with them. When these celebrations ended—sometimes after several days—Job would purify his children. He would get up early in the morning and offer a burnt offering for each of them. For Job said to himself, “Perhaps my children have sinned and have cursed God in their hearts.” This was Job’s regular practice. One day the members of the heavenly court came to present themselves before the LORD, and the Accuser, Satan, came with them. “Where have you come from?” the LORD asked Satan. Satan answered the LORD, “I have been patrolling the earth, watching everything that’s going on.” Then the LORD asked Satan, “Have you noticed my servant Job? He is the finest man in all the earth. He is blameless—a man of complete integrity. He fears God and stays away from evil.” Satan replied to the LORD, “Yes, but Job has good reason to fear God. You have always put a wall of protection around him and his home and his property. You have made him prosper in everything he does. Look how rich he is! But reach out and take away everything he has and he will surely curse you to your face!” “All right, you may test him,” the LORD said to Satan. “Do whatever you want with everything he possesses, but don’t harm him physically.” So Satan left the LORD’s presence. One day when Job’s sons and daughters were feasting at the oldest brother’s house, a messenger arrived at Job’s home with this news: “Your oxen were plowing, with the donkeys feeding beside them, when the Sabeans raided us. They stole all the animals and killed all the farmhands. I am the only one who escaped to tell you.” While he was still speaking, another messenger arrived with this news: “The fire of God has fallen from heaven and burned up your sheep and all the shepherds. I am the only one who escaped to tell you.” While he was still speaking, a third messenger arrived with this news: “Three bands of Chaldean raiders have stolen your camels and killed your servants. I am the only one who escaped to tell you.” While he was still speaking, another messenger arrived with this news: “Your sons and daughters were feasting in their oldest brother’s home. Suddenly, a powerful wind swept in from the wilderness and hit the house on all sides. The house collapsed, and all your children are dead. I am the only one who escaped to tell you.” Job stood up and tore his robe in grief. Then he shaved his head and fell to the ground to worship. He said, “I came naked from my mother’s womb, and I will be naked when I leave. The LORD gave me what I had, and the LORD has taken it away. Praise the name of the LORD!” In all of this, Job did not sin by blaming God.” (Job 1:1-22 NLT)


“Satan replied to the LORD, “Skin for skin! A man will give up everything he has to save his life. But reach out and take away his health and he will surely curse you to your face!” “All right, do with him as you please,” the LORD said to Satan. “But spare his life.” So Satan left the LORD’s presence, and he struck Job with terrible boils from head to foot. Job scraped his skin with a piece of broken pottery as he sat among the ashes. His wife said to him, “Are you still trying to maintain your integrity? Curse God and die.” But Job replied, “You talk like a foolish woman. Should we accept only good things from the hand of God and never anything bad?” So in all this, Job said nothing wrong.” (Job 2:4-10 NLT)



Let us strive to be more like Job!… A man who praises our wonderful, loving, Almighty God even in the toughest times!!!


  • Anna Marie Dobson is the daughter of Matthew Dobson and a freshman at Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia. She grew up in Atmore, Alabama and is a loyal Atlanta Braves fan. Her interests include photography, computer graphics, and writing. You can view her blog at


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