The book of Job offers an amazing story! Here’s a man who had everything—great family, properties, wealth and position—and Satan took it all away. But there’s so much more. It isn’t so much the perils that my focus landed on, but on Job’s determination to stay focused and always praise God.
He 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. Happily, I did survive, but as time passes, my aches become a bit more pronounced. Yet everything I am or will ever be is a gift far greater than I deserve.
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 aches and pains and disappointments. Truly, the Lord is worthy of worship.