He asked, “What? Shall we receive good at the hand of God and shall we not receive evil?”
Here was a declaration of Job’s faith in God’s sovereign right to do with His creature as it pleases Him.
It was the expression of faith in the fact that the Father has never made a mistake. The Lord knows what He’s doing. Since He is omniscient and omnipotent, and since His name is love, it must follow in any kind of logic that whatever He does is the best that could possibly be done and any set of circumstances. Job new this, and so he was just as ready to accept disaster at the hand of the Lord as he was ready to accept the rich blessings which he had known for so many years. In all these Job did not sin with his lips
– The Invisible War, Donald Grey Barnhouse, Page 140
Joy is in no way dependent either upon people around me, the course of events in my experience, or the circumstances in which I find myself, be they ever so calamitous or fortunate.
– A Gardener Looks at the Fruits of the Spirit. W. Phillip Keller, page 94
Joy comes to our lives when we have three integral ingredients–something to do, someone to love, and something to hope for.
– Men Without Friends, David W. Smith, page 51
Joy is a deeply felt contentment that transcends difficult circumstances and derives maximum enjoyment from every good experience.
– The Greatest Life: Jesus, Charles R. Swindoll page 153
Joy comes from seeing the complete fulfillment of the specific purpose for which I was created and born again, not from successfully doing something of my own choosing.
– My Utmost for His Highest, Updated Edition, Oswald Chambers, March 5
It’s all too easy to stand on the mountain top as a historian or biographer and find fault with people for why they did this or didn’t do that, because were not involved in it, we’re not there inside it, we’re not confronting what we don’t know—as those who preceded as were.
– The American Spirit, David McCullough, page 106