The story of Job is pretty radical.
Right from the beginning of the book of Job, he’s portrayed as a man who’s been extremely blessed in the material sense.
“In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil. He had seven sons and three daughters, and he owned seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen and five hundred donkeys and had a large number of servants. He was the greatest man in the East.” – Job 1:1-3 (NIV)
His character was unrelentingly solid, despite all the wealth and fortune he possessed. As a man and servant of God, Job is heartily characterized as blameless and upright, starting from the very first bit of the first chapter.
Something I found particularly cool is that almost immediately followed by the fact that Job was from the land of Uz, is the commendation of his character: blameless and upright (verse 1). The words blameless and upright are simply accepted as facts about Job. His spotless reputation precedes him. His love for God is radiated to all those that hang around him.
This love, however, was about to be tested in a serious way. To provide as few spoilers for the series as possible, just know that things get hairy (an understatement of the highest order). But while the trials of Job are a very important part of his story, this article is going to be focusing more on the plus side of his tale.
When Job had it all, what kept him motivated to continue worshipping God? To add a personal flavor:
How can we worship when life’s good? And, more prominently, what is a chief reason for worshipping when life is good?
A purpose for worshipping God (in all times, actually), that initially might seem kind of obvious, is His sheer greatness and the majesty of what He has created. The idea of God knowing all of our lives, before even the creation of the earth, is borderline cliché at this point. And I feel like that’s a huge problem. The power and scope of God’s greatness is so often discussed in Christian circles (and rightly so) that it teeters into the “cool, but I already know that” background compartment of our brains.
That’s a huge shame, because, with His holiness falling to the wayside, we lose perspective on why we should worship Him at all.
“The Lord reigns, let the nations tremble; he sits enthroned between the cherubim, let the earth shake. Great is the Lord in Zion; he is exalted over all nations. Let them praise your great and awesome name— he is holy.” – Psalms 99:1-3 (NIV; emphasis mine)
If we aren’t keeping God’s position as the utmost high in mind, then why would we worship Him? If our lives are going smoothly, filing God’s holiness into a (metaphorical) box somewhere is a near-guaranteed method to lose sight of what matters.
The second purpose is, honestly, super brutal.
God owes absolutely nothing to us, but we owe everything we can possibly muster to God.
The story of Job is an extremely solid example of that principle. Everything Job had – his family, his cattle, his land – wouldn’t be his if it wasn’t for God. Even if a person starts out in poverty and works their way up to a position of prestige and respect (there’s many tales of rags to riches), they would still owe every little thing they had to God.
Without God, we would literally be nothing.
Keeping that (and the perfection of God) in the forefront of our lives is what I feel to be one of the most crucial steps towards regular worship of God, whether the times are good or bad.