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Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship and said; “Naked I came from my mother’s womb and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised. – Job 1:20-21
I don’t know if I could do it. In one day Job, who was a wealthy man in his community, lost everything. Enemy bands stole his livestock and killed his servants; fire destroyed what the enemy left; a wind came and destroyed a building where his sons and daughters were feasting killing them all. In one afternoon Job received all of this news.
In the middle of all this bad news Job fell on the ground and worshipped. This faithful man realized what many of us seem to forget. He knew that life and happiness was about more than possessions. He knew that whatever acclaim and wealth he had on earth would be short lived so he was resigned to the will of God. His attitude was that he came into this world with nothing and he would leave this world the same way.
The Lord has given each of us many blessings to enjoy on this earth, but he has not given them to us as an eternal inheritance. We must not forget that the Lord gives, and the Lord takes away, but in every circumstance we must be prepared to declare with Job, “The name of the Lord be praised.”
It takes self-control to hold the things of this world loosely. More than once I have received a blessing from the Lord and embraced it as a permanent fixture in my life, only to have it taken away. You may remember a job that you felt that way about, or maybe it was a home you loved, or a relationship. Regardless of what you had to give up, if you were to continue your walk of faith, you had to be resigned to the will of God.
I have lost much in this life and you may have lost more, but if we are to have a healthy faith we are going to have to let it go and agree with Job.
Prayer, Meditation and Reflection:
Prayer: Lord, I need your help to exercise self-control in the way I feel about my possessions. Help me to see it is all yours anyway. In Jesus name, amen.
Principle: The Lord has given each of us many blessings to enjoy on this earth, but he has not given them to us as an eternal inheritance. We must not forget that the Lord gives, and the Lord takes away.
Affirmation: I will not become attached to my possessions because I know they are only temporal. I agree with Job that the Lord gives, and the Lord takes away, but I will bless his name.
Reflection: All that we have in this world is just temporal and has no eternal value, but why do we tend to live as if all that matters is what we have here and now? Think about it.
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