“In All This…”

“There came a messenger to Job and said, ‘The oxen were plowing and the donkeys feeding beside them, and the Sabeans fell upon them and took them and struck down the servants with the edge of the sword, and I alone have escaped to tell you.’ There came another and said, ‘The fire of God fell from heaven and burned up the sheep and the servants and consumed them…’ [And] another said, ‘The Chaldeans formed three groups and made a raid on the camels and took them and struck down the servants with the edge of the sword,’ [and] another said, ‘Your sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother’s house, and behold, a great wind came across the wilderness and struck the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the young people, and they are dead.’ Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head and fell on the ground and worshiped. And he said, ‘Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.’ In all this Job did not sin or charge God with wrong.

“So Satan… struck Job with loathsome sores from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head. And he took a piece of broken pottery with which to scrape himself while he sat in the ashes. Then his wife said to him, ‘Do you still hold fast your integrity? Curse God and die.’ But he said to her,.. ‘Shall we receive good from God, and shall we not receive evil?’ In all this Job did not sin with his lips.” Job 1:14-22; 2:7-10

Job, strafed with pellet fire loss of livelihood, employees, resources, and all ten of his children, bereft in a way that asphyxiates our comprehension, bowed before his LORD, blessed His name, and did not sin. His whole body was then attacked with miserable sores and excruciating pain, and his wife, his only family left, spewed vitriol, said he’d be better off dead and should curse God; yet, Job did not sin. In all this– inexpressible loss, grief, anguish, hurt, being forsaken by his life partner- Job saw fit to bless his LORD.

Pilings at Gulf's edge

As unimaginable as his pain is Job’s ability to receive and endure all this without moaning in self-pity, blame, trepidation, or lashing out in anger. He was “the greatest of all the people of the east,” a man of great wealth and esteem whose loss could have destroyed him, but his treasure, his security, his joy and confidence, were with his God. The secret to his right doing was his right heart that feared the Almighty and worshiped Him. (Job 1:1-5)

When I am jarred by a sudden death, choked by loss of resources, when my career is interrupted, my health is attacked, my feelings are hurt by a loved one, what is my reaction? If indeed the LORD gives and takes away, is not all this His right? He is always worthy to be praised.

Lord, I entrust my all this to You this day, for Your preserving, handling, and taking away if You see fit. Keep me from sin, ever blessing Your name.

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