This month we have been looking at Job and what we can learn from his story. Today, I want to show you something amazing that happens in the first two chapters of Job.
In the beginning of chapter 1, Job is described as an upright man who fears God.
Job 1:8 says, “And the Lord said to Satan, ‘Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil?’” (ESV)
This is such an amazing thing that shows just how God-fearing Job is and how close of a relationship he has with Him. As the first chapter continues, we read that God allows Satan to test Job, which we discussed in-depth in Friday’s article.
The first trial Job goes through is not a small one. Job is sitting in his home having dinner when he is told by his servants that his sheep, oxen, camels, the servants tending to them, and his children are all dead. Job responds with this: “Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head and fell on the ground and worshiped. And he said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” In all this Job did not sin or charge God with wrong.” (ESV)
Wait, what? Job just lost his sheep, oxen, camels, the servants tending to them, and his children…and he responds by worshipping God? Yes, he does!
Let’s look at Job’s second trial. Job is going about his day when he is struck with sores from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head. Job’s wife asks him, “Do you still hold fast your integrity? Curse God and die.” He replied to her by saying, “You speak as one of the foolish women would speak. Shall we receive good from God, and shall we not receive evil?” Say what?? Job is still not turning away from God? No, he is not turning his back on God!
After reading this, two verses popped into my head.
James 1:2, which says, “Count it all joy.”, and Philippians 4:4, which says, “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.” (ESV)
Paul went through many trials and knows the pain of suffering. Yet he says to rejoice in the Lord always. Not just sometimes. All of the time. Rejoicing in the Lord is another way of saying ‘worshipping Him’. One of the most amazing examples of this is Job and how He still worships God. Job could have cursed God and turned away from him; his wife even tells him to. Instead, He falls on his knees and worships God.
Job is broken and hurt, yet he is still worshipping God. He has lost all of his livestock, his servants, his children, and his health. It even suggests that his wife has turned away from God and cursed Him. But Job still says, “blessed be the name of Lord”.
I pray that we all can learn from Job’s example and count it all joy through the trails and the pain.