1 In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil. ..
18 – 22 While he was still speaking, another also came and said, “Your sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother’s house, and suddenly a great wind came from across the wilderness and struck the four corners of the house, and it fell on the young people, and they are dead; and I alone have escaped to tell you!”
Then Job arose, tore his robe, and shaved his head; and he fell to the ground and worshiped. 21 And he said: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, And naked shall I return there. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; Blessed be the name of the Lord.”
In all this Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong. Job 1 -22
Job is often cited when we face difficult situations. The Bible says “Job was blameless and upright”, yet Job lived through one of the most painful experiences as recorded in the Bible. Losing his children was the last in a series of disasters, yet the Bible records that Job’s response was to worship! Despite all he endured, Job maintained that his “Redeemer lives”, and he lived in expectation that God would deliver him.
When we are in the midst of joy and prosperity, it is easy to sing “Blessed be Your name.” In the midst of our awful trials and life-altering testings, we don’t always want to hear that “God is in control”, or ‘God knows best”, and that we should give thanks in and for everything. Our natural inclination is often to go with our feelings, instead of willing ourselves to look at our situation from God’s perspective …
It is often easier for us to believe for others than it is to believe for ourselves. Perhaps today you are in a low place and you need someone to believe for you. Perhaps you are on the mountaintop and celebrating what God has done in your life. Wherever we are today, our awesome, amazing God is standing right beside us. May we never forget this when life changes come, and may we always remember “The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; Blessed be the name of the Lord.”
Inventory/Introspection: How can my daily living demonstrate my belief that “The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; Blessed be the name of the Lord” ?
Personal Application: I will trust God with my circumstances, believing that “blessed be the name of the Lord” can become my automatic response in any situation.
Father, You are all we need – even though we don’t always know it! We are thankful that nothing in our lives is an accident or a mistake, and that we never come across anything that You are not aware of! Blessed be Your name!
Life sometimes goes in a direction we did not anticipate, and often we don’t understand where we need to go, but we are thankful that we can place our lives in Your hands, knowing that You have it all under control. Blessed be Your name!
Job rested in the knowledge that nothing gets by You. May we know and understand that You are the same God that visited Job , and the comfort that You gave to Him is available to us. We will rest in Your peace. Blessed be Your name!!
It is so much easier to praise You when life is great and plans are unfolding as we desire. At other times, not so much… Today we stand alongside those who have lost and are in pain, and we celebrate the good that You have done in their lives. We are thankful that whatever You do is done in love, and we do declare “ Blessed be Your name!!”
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