My daily quiet time has brought me to the haunting book of Job. As I was discussing the book with one of my daughters, we concluded that in many ways, its overarching theme is mankind’s desire to boil life down to one simple rule: Good things happen to “good people,” and bad things only happen to “bad people.”
Everything within us recoils when we encounter a story like Job’s. Here was a man who God, Himself, called “blameless, upright, God-fearing, and shunning evil,” (Job 1:8) and yet he lost nearly everything within a matter of moments. In the pages that ensue, we read his account from the perspectives of God, Satan, Job, and his friends. We observe as fallen, finite mankind deals with intense, personal suffering.
With the exception of the ending, there is tragedy at nearly every turn. We watch as he receives word that his 10 children have died suddenly, that all his crops, livestock, and servants have also perished. Then, on top of those gaping wounds, come his well-intentioned friends with their huge salt shakers ready to rub a little in.
I will share a few lessons in the days ahead; but, for today, I just want to look at Job’s initial reaction to the losses listed above. Upon receiving the final crushing blow that his beloved children were dead, “Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship and said, ‘Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away, may the name of the Lord be praised.” (Job 1:20-21)
What an amazing attitude the man displayed. He realized God had given him everything, and could rightfully take it back at any time. As such, even in times of loss, Job could worship and say, “May the name of the Lord be praised.”
What is your attitude toward the things you call yours? –Dave
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