August 2 – No Matter What, Blessed Be the Name of the Lord

Life became very challenging for Job. Within a few paragraphs we read that he had lost his livelihood, his servants, and each of his grown children had been killed.  He was totally devastated.  What would you do?  How would I respond if I were Job?  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.  Great suffering just hit and what did Job do?  He worshipped!

Job was full of sadness but his faith was strong.  This is just the beginning of over forty more chapters of Job’s suffering.  Until real tragedy strikes us it is hard to know how we will respond.  It is wise to contemplate the truth that we live in an upside-down world and even as God’s children, we are not exempt from suffering.  In fact, the New Testament teaches us that it is through our trials that maturity comes.  When Job said, “The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away” can you picture along with me all that Job had lost?  It is challenging to imagine his great loss and yet his faith is going to continue to be tested.

Job 1:20-22 ESV