Steadfast Faith

October 4, 2016

We received the lab results this afternoon.  We picked up the envelope after work and opened it up together at home.  It was negative.  We shared our thoughts and tears with one another and then I spent some time in prayer while Don went to pick up dinner.

As I mentioned in the previous post, when I opened my bible this morning to read, the following verses stood out to me.  The verses pick up when Job learns that his oxen, donkeys, servants, sheep, camels, as well as his sons and daughters, have all been killed.  And this is Job’s response:

20 At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship 21 and said:

“Naked I came from my mother’s womb,
and naked I will depart.[c]
The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away;
may the name of the Lord be praised.”
22 In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.

Several thoughts stood out to me in these verses.  First, when Job tore his robe and shaved his head, he did that as an action to show his grief, sorrow and anguish.  We see this happen throughout the bible as a customary action when in despair.  Yet, it says that after Job tore his robe, he fell to the ground in worship.  In his despair, he is worshiping the Lord.

Second, Job says naked he came from his mother’s womb and naked he will depart.  Job is saying that we come into this world with nothing and leave with nothing – everything belongs to God- even our families.

Third, Job says that the Lord gave and the Lord has taken away.  This is truth. There are times when we experience loss in this life, and it is so hard.  But it is harder without God.  God is good and must be praised in all circumstances.

Last, the scripture says that Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.  Job did not blame God, but instead trusted that God is sovereign.  God has a plan and a purpose.

I went on to read the second and third chapters, and came across this verse in the second chapter:

10 He replied, “You are talking like a foolish[b] woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?”

Job is responding to his wife who told Job to curse God and die after the livestock, servants, sons and daughters were killed and after Job became covered in painful sores.  His response is that God gives us good things that we quickly and happily accept yet when trouble arising, we are not to turn our back on God.

 

 

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