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.
A good parent let’s his child fail on occasion. A good parent lets a child feel pain, to a reasonable point.
Life is hard and a good parent allows his child to learn this lesson while still loving him completely and as unconditionally as any human can.
A good parent doesn’t like doing this. But does it all the same because it is best for his child.
Satan uses Sabeans to wipe out Job’s donkeys.
Satan uses lightening to wipe out Job’s sheep.
Satan uses the Chaldeans to wipe out Job’s camels.
Satan uses a tornado to strike Job’s children and all ten were killed at once.
The reason for all this is so that it can be seen clearly that Job believes in God because of faith and not because God had given him lots of stuff.
We know this because we can read the dialog between Satan and God in Job 1:6-12.
God allows Satan to hit Job and hit him hard.
Job’s wealth is gone.
Job’s children are dead.
How would you react?
Job says, “The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away.”
At first glance this may appear shallow and callous. As if Job just shrugs his shoulders, as if to say, “Oh well. You win some. You lose some.”
No, this is not what this means. At all!
The complete quote is “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.”
This is Job saying, “I didn’t bring anything into this world. I’m not going to bring anything with me when I die. My wealth was not mine to be begin with. It was given to me by the Lord and is his to do with as he pleases. Same with my children. They are gifts from God and he has taken them to be with him.” (More on the children in a later devotion).
When Job received this news he grieved the death of his children. He went into a state of mourning (tearing his clothes, shaving his head and falling to the ground).
But also noticed that Job worshiped.
Even after this horrendous loss, Job turns to God. He is sad. He’s angry. And rightly so.
But he doesn’t give up on God.
This is how we need to face all the pain and suffering we will endure in this life.
We can be sad. We can get angry. We can grieve.
But we should never, ever, give up on God.
God loves us. But that doesn’t mean he forbids bad things to happen to us.
In his love for us, God allows Satan to have his “little season” against us. But this is so we can know more deeply how much we love God and how much God loves us.
Which is exactly the reason we have the Book of Job in our Bible. To know these things.
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