In All This…

Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped, And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.  In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.

Job 1:20-22

To me, Job is one of the most fascinating books of the Old Testament.  Job is described as being a “perfect and upright man.”  He feared God and he stayed away from evil.  If there was any man who deserved to be blessed, it was Job.  Yet God allowed Satan to take his possessions, take his children, take his health, and eventually, take just about everything he had.  In this chapter, he found out that he had lost everything.  In the face of that stunning and devastating revelation, he gave a famous quote: “the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” 

We have all heard that quote and we would all probably agree with the idea behind the quote.  But have we ever really thought about the tragedy about which it was spoken?  This man had just lost his livestock (vs 15), his sheep (vs 16), his camels (vs 17), and his children (vs 18-19).  In modern terms, the livestock and sheep would represent his possessions, his “job”, his food and his clothing.  All gone.  The camels would represent his mode of transportation.  Gone.  And, by far the worst of all, his children were gone. 

None of us have probably ever known pain and misery like that.  Everything he had and held dear was gone in one day.  Still, he blessed the Lord.  He did not get bitter against the Lord.  And verse 22 gives an amazing statement: “In all this, Job sinned not…”  He lost everything, and didn’t sin.  How often do we stuck in traffic or lose our keys and it causes us to get a bad attitude?  Sometimes the little things can trip us up just as easily as the big things.

Job serves as a constant reminder that serving the Lord and obeying the Lord are not based on our circumstances.  Keep praising Him.  Keep looking to Him.  And keep trusting Him, no matter what may come into your life.

4 responses to this post.

  1. I have a friend that just can’t read Job. I understand! But here you show us an important take away from all that Job went through . .. to praise Him no matter what. May that always be my initial response. 🙂 Thanks Ben, for so faithfully showing us Jesus.


    • I have been trying to work on thanking the Lord for everything that He brings into my life. Sometimes that’s difficult, but I think that it honors the Lord and helps to make us more submissive.


  2. Posted by Travis Snode on September 12, 2010 at 1:07 am

    Very good and very helpful to me today. God bless, Ben.


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