Thought for Thursday

And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither; the Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the Name of the Lord. Job 1:21

Nobody in the Bible had so much bad happen to them in one day as Job! Not only did he lose all of his possessions in a few minutes, but he also lost all his family. Everything was gone! All the years he spent working hard to build up a good living had just gone for naught. All the patience, love, and commitment he had spent raising his ten children was suddenly wiped off the slate. His successful business had vanished, and his precious children were taken away from him. Job’s knowledge of God had him to understand that none of these things could happen without the permission of the Almighty. And yet, he was willing to accept what God had allowed, and to bless the Name of the Lord. What a shock that must have been to Satan. And what a defeat it was to that old serpent’s wiles. Would he have suffered such a defeat if you or I had been wearing Job’s sandals that day?

Satan’s primary goal is to rob God of the glory that He deserves, and to prevent any of earth’s inhabitants from appreciating and worshipping God. When Job uttered the words contained in our text today, Satan was humiliated. He had done his worst, and God had received worship from Job’s heart. In fact, that worship was probably more sweet to the Lord than the worship that Job directed to God on good days in the past. On this bad day, Job’s worship proved that he truly loved and appreciated the Lord his God.

Our appreciation of the Lord is often based on circumstances. It’s easy to praise the God Who gives us a beautiful day in which all nature seems at its loveliest. But what praise can we work up when a violent storm knocks out the electricity and washes away substantial chunks of our property? Does the worship that arises during a peaceful Lord’s Day morning in the company of the saints get diluted substantially when a horrific accident takes the lives of several of our loved ones? When the daily grind gets bumpy, and the barbs of life get sharp, and the bitter tears are forced to flow, can we still appreciate the love and goodness of our God? Let us be thankful that God does not often put us to the test, or we might well fail.

Years later, Job could look back and appreciate that God was good all along. In the midst of today’s trial, let us seek to appreciate God’s goodness, that we might praise Him as we should. -Jim MacIntosh

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