Worship in Despair

Job 1:20-21

At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship and said:
“Naked I came from my mother’s womb,
and naked I will depart.
The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away;
may the name of the LORD be praised.”

Earlier we saw Noah worship after God brought him through the storm.  Job chose to worship the Lord in the midst of severe trauma.  He had just been informed that all of his oxen, sheep, and camels were killed in separate calamities.  His ten children were also killed when a house collapsed on them.

While Job is obviously distressed he also recognizes God as the source of all that He has.  His response seems a bit fatalistic – what happens, happens – but really he is recognizing that God is in control even in the midst of this great trouble.

It is human nature to ask why God allows something to happen or even accuse God for not preventing a tragedy.  The truth is that we don’t know why everything happens.  In Job’s case we’re given the background that it is a result of a test of Satan.  At the end of the book God confronts Job and basically asks him why he thinks that he is in a position to question the Lord.

Job is a great example for us to follow when tragedy strikes.  We don’t need to know the “why” of the problem, only that God is still in control and it hasn’t escaped His notice.  While Job worshipped God verse 22 sums up his attitude well.  “In all this, Job did not sin by accusing God of wrongdoing.”

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