Saturday, November 10, 2012

Worthy of Praise Always

Job received news that not only did he lose his physical wealth, but all of his children died, too. To humans it appeared to be several freak accidents all in one tragic day in the life of Job.

However, we receive a glimpse into heaven, something Job didn't have the privilege to possess.  We see that in the hands of the Lord permission had been granted for Satan to take it all from Job.

The treasure in this story is Job's immediate response.  Tearing his clothing in deep grief he says, "The Lord gives and the Lord takes.  Blessed be the name of the Lord." (Job 1:21).

The Lord entrusted the enemy with Job's character.  He allowed the enemy to inflict a deep physical pain on Job, too.  Job's friends comforted him at first, but suddenly they pointed fingers of condemnation in his direction. They determined some sin must be the cause of Job's suffering.

Like Job, we remain clueless to the reasons the Lord may allow our lives to be touched deeply with suffering. However, if like Job, we haven't sinned, may we like Job respond with trust and praise.  Whether the  Lord gives or takes away, He is worthy of our trust and praise.

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