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.
I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all these things.
Taking a look at all the troubles that ensued in Job’s life; Job; an extremely successful man, wealthy beyond average; spiritual man, God rated his type as outstanding; large family and friends; an array of workers and possessions; a role model to others, people sought him out for advice and answers.
But all of these disappeared in the bat of an eyelid. Everything he had crumbled right before his eyes. Things went sour and stale with each passing minute. His family, his health, his wealth, everything vanished quickly.
This type of loss is absolute, and that is totally uncommon amongst people these days. It is hard to find a man who had lost everything he ever had in a jiffy. We have had some unforeseen events that have taken things away from people.
Some natural disasters, some as a result of human error, some happen due to cheer wickedness of other humans; victims of these usually come out with little left or absolutely nothing.
He remained hopeful of the One who would come, One who would bridge the gap between God and man. His spirituality remained intact despite that he had lost everything. He retained trust in God in the most challenging period of his life.
In Job 42, the last phase of his life, where his story ended, it was noted that God eventually restored him, albeit double-fold. Everything he ever lost was multiplied back to him.
But that was not the highlight of his story. The focus was not on if he gave thanks or not. It was more of how he responded to his life that went downhill in his presence.
‘’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 1:21
How do we react when we lose it all?
What is our reaction when troubles roll by?
Do we nag and complain all the way?
Do we start panicking and forget God?
Or do we abide by the scripture that says to give thanks in everything?
The story of Job is a complete representation of what to do when things turn sour.
For both the thick and thin, for both plenty and famine; for both abundance and dryness; for both joy and sorrow; for both rivers and desert; for both good and evil; for both flowers and thorns; for both health and weakness; for both fruitfulness and barrenness; in all of these, our resolve is tested.
Our maturity and growth in faith are put to the litmus test. It is for both men and women, young and old, through all the paths of life.
God wants us to praise Him, not only for the blessings but also for the trials that he allows us to draw closer to Him and shape us into the people He has called us to be.
May we be encouraged to always say a word of thanksgiving regardless of what season we are in.
This will help us strengthen our trust in Him the more.
4Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.
5I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee.
6Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.
7And it was so, that after the Lord had spoken these words unto Job, the Lord said to Eliphaz the Temanite, My wrath is kindled against thee, and against thy two friends: for ye have not spoken of me the thing that is right, as my servant Job hath.
8Therefore take unto you now seven bullocks and seven rams, and go to my servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and my servant Job shall pray for you: for him will I accept: lest I deal with you after your folly, in that ye have not spoken of me the thing which is right, like my servant Job.
9So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went, and did according as the Lord commanded them: the Lord also accepted Job.
10And the Lord turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.
11Then came there unto him all his brethren, and all his sisters, and all they that had been of his acquaintance before, and did eat bread with him in his house: and they bemoaned him, and comforted him over all the evil that the Lord had brought upon him: every man also gave him a piece of money, and every one an earring of gold.
12So the Lord blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning: for he had fourteen thousand sheep, and six thousand camels, and a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she asses.
13He had also seven sons and three daughters.
14And he called the name of the first, Jemima; and the name of the second, Kezia; and the name of the third, Kerenhappuch.
15And in all the land were no women found so fair as the daughters of Job: and their father gave them inheritance among their brethren.
16After this lived Job an hundred and forty years, and saw his sons, and his sons' sons, even four generations.
17So Job died, being old and full of days.
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