Thursday, January 30, 2014

Living Through "Job's Life" Part 3 - January 30, 2014

Job 1:13-22 (New Living Translation)
13 One day when Job’s sons and daughters were feasting at the oldest brother’s house, 14 a messenger arrived at Job’s home with this news: “Your oxen were plowing, with the donkeys feeding beside them, 15 when the Sabeans raided us. They stole all the animals and killed all the farmhands. I am the only one who escaped to tell you.”

16 While he was still speaking, another messenger arrived with this news: “The fire of God has fallen from heaven and burned up your sheep and all the shepherds. I am the only one who escaped to tell you.”

17 While he was still speaking, a third messenger arrived with this news: “Three bands of Chaldean raiders have stolen your camels and killed your servants. I am the only one who escaped to tell you.”

18 While he was still speaking, another messenger arrived with this news: “Your sons and daughters were feasting in their oldest brother’s home. 19 Suddenly, a powerful wind swept in from the wilderness and hit the house on all sides. The house collapsed, and all your children are dead. I am the only one who escaped to tell you.”

20 Job stood up and tore his robe in grief. Then he shaved his head and fell to the ground to worship. 21 He said,

“I came naked from my mother’s womb, and I will be naked when I leave. The Lord gave me what I had, and the Lord has taken it away.

Praise the name of the Lord!”

22 In all of this, Job did not sin by blaming God.

Can you believe this story? Can you imagine for yourself Job's reaction to this horrific news? Imagine if you went to work one day, and a friend came by your office to tell you that you had lost everything, your home, your possessions and your children, how would you react? Would you react in the same way? Could you react in the same way?

I am hard pressed to think that anyone would be able to, yet we are called to put God ahead of everything; He is to be first in our lives. How many of us really do that? The Ten Commandments tell us that we are to have no other gods before Him(Exodus 20:3), and Jesus carries it further saying, "Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me"(Matthew 10:37), yet how can we do that?

The key to Job's reaction and the key to how we put God ahead of everything lies in the realization that God is control of everything. As Job stated, "the Lord has given me everything I had". He is the source of our life and the source of every breath we take. He has blessed us with our possessions, and He has blessed us with the family that we have. If He should choose to take it all away, we have to have the confidence, no the faith, in Him to know that His ultimate plans for us are greater.

For some of you that have experienced the loss of a child, or loved one, this is hard to take, yet as a Christian you know far better than us that God does heal and restore. Job's was so close to God that He knew that God had a purpose in what He was doing. Yes, this is a hard lesson, but it is one that all of us must learn. Sometimes God loves us so much that He takes away everything He has given us, but we must stay faithful in knowing that He has better blessings for us in the future.

Illustration of "Job" from biblestudycourses.com

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