Job 19:25 (NKJV)
25 For I know that my Redeemer lives,
And He shall stand at last on the earth;
The life of Job is one that should be studied, examined, and studied again. This man was the epitome of faith. Look at all that he went through, the pain, the loss, the suffering. When we really look at the trials and tribulation we go through from day to day, do they even come remotely close to what Job experienced? Probably not!
Nine Difficult Verses
In Job 1:13-22 we see Job lose his oxen and donkeys, then his sheep, then his camels, and finally in verse 18, his children are killed. Not only are the animals killed, but the servants that tended to those animals were also killed as well. The animals and servants represented his ability to produce income. Can you imagine getting updates one after the other telling you that everything you have was being slowly destroyed? Unbelievable!
Job 1:20 (20) describes Job’s reaction… Then Job arose, tore his robe, and shaved his head; and he fell to the ground and worshiped… Most appropriately, Job mourned the losses he has just experienced, his wealth, his children, his servants, then he turned to worship the Lord. Is that our reaction when we experience loss? Most of us shake our hands at heaven, do we not?
He Gives And Takes Away
What an awesome reminder Job gives us in his prayer in Job 1:21... (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.”
The Lord gives us success, the Lord gives us riches, the Lord gives us family and friends, He is responsible for all of it. We can think that we got lucky in business, we found the right person to marry, we worked so hard for the money, but it is all God! It is all part of God’s plan for each one of us. The question is, are we thankful for the blessings God gives us or angry about the ones He does not?
Let us all experience the faith of Job, to see God’s plan through the tribulation. We must trust that God has a plan and that it is good. We must be thankful through good times and bad. We do come into this world with literally nothing, and eventually, we will leave with the same thing, how thankful should we be for the blessings in between!
Romans 8:18 (NKJV)
18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.