Job and Murphy’s Law

“Anything that can go wrong will go wrong”
– Murphy’s Law

Sara and I at one point in our marriage… okay, let’s be realistic, the vast majority of the time that we have been married, have lived the definition of Murphy’s Law. In fact, Murphy was our long lost relative that found us right before we decided to get married. I believe that he moved into the basement of our first home in Millstadt, Illinois. Perhaps he traveled with us to Memphis when we went to visit family when the transmission went out. Maybe he discovered the meaning of the neighbors from… perhaps you get the point.

I remember our pastor speaking at our wedding stated that we would be ones that would show people that our marriage would last. For better or for worse, in sickness or in health, for richer or for poorer, until death do us part. Those vows would become a test of reality for us in our marriage. With that, we were tested by the enemy’s attack. We were tempted to go into debt. We were tempted to live above our means. It was a battle.

By now, you may wonder why am I bringing all of these things up and mentioning Murphy and the law with his namesake. Perhaps we can go back to the origin of this law. Murphy’s law has been around for centuries under different names. It wasn’t until the 20th century that this law would be given a name. Author Arthur Bloch wrote “The Law’s namesake was Capt. Ed Murphy, a development engineer from Wright Field Aircraft Lab. Frustration with a strap transducer which was malfunctioning due to an error in wiring the strain gage bridges caused him to remark – “If there is any way to do it wrong, he will” – referring to the technician who had wired the bridges at the Lab. I assigned Murphy’s Law to the statement and the associated variations.”

In Romans 8:28, we read that “all things God works for good for those who love Him.”  I often believe that God would use the things we have gone through to encourage the people around us to never give up or to never quit. As the story of the Tortoise and the Hare, we learned that “slow and steady” wins the race and the race is called life. Often, we turn to the story of Job when we are going through the difficulties of life.

In Job’s time, Murphy wasn’t around. Between the man being called righteous to his whole world being destroyed, Job had a rough time excepting the fact that he wasn’t hearing from God during his trial. Cursing the day that he was born, Job would be surrounded by his wife who called him to “curse God and die”, three friends, and a pity party. With friends like these, who needs enemies?  I don’t make light of the pain that Job was going through. He had just lost all of his family and was being plagued with sickness.  But Job learned quickly towards the end the sovereignty of God and His presence.

Though Job experienced Murphy’s law, he came out the other end completely restored with double what he lost. While you are going through the laws that seem to be against you, just remember that even though we have them, we do not have to remain in them. There is a reward all at the end of it all.

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