One of my goals for 2016 is to read the Bible through again. If you have tried it, you know it can be a bit daunting. In the past, so not to get lost in the chapters of Leviticus, I’d read a bit of the Old Testament, then some of the New Testament. But this year I decided to mix it up a bit. I’m reading the Bible chronologically. I started in Genesis but soon was directed to Job.
Job, what an amazing story! Here’s a man who had everything—great family, properties and wealth—and Satan took it all away. But there’s so much more. It isn’t so much the perils that my focus lands on, but on Job’s determination to stay focused and always praise God. He even praised God when he lost his good health.
That’s where I pulled up and parked.
Everything I am and everything I own was given to me by God—and that includes my health. In April of 2011, God walked with me through some of the darkest days I will ever experience. I didn’t know if I would live, die, or maintain an existence somewhere in-between. I had a taste of Job’s experience. Yet when Job learned he had lost everything, he did the most amazing thing. Job 1:20-22 reads, “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.”
My hope is that I can always see past my pain and disappointment. Truly, the Lord is worthy of worship.