The Job of Job

Friday, March 1, 2013

Life goes dark. Troubles loom large. We want to give up.  Confronted with too many griefs at once can change a person.  Mar an individual. What do you do when you are hit over and over again?  How do you quell the storm that swirls around you?  How do you calm the storm that swells within you?

You look at the job of Job.

If there has been anyone in the Bible (except Christ Himself) that God allowed to be hit repeatedly it would be Job.  Not that he had it coming to him.  The man didn't even do anything to deserve the deaths of his kids, the destruction of his property, and the demise of his body.  Left with only his life, a critical wife and a few friends that are no help, Job had a decision to make.  What was his role in the chaos of it all? What should be his response?  How to come out of the firestorm alive?

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."  Job 1:20-21

Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him.  Job 13:15a 

The job of Job? To praise Him in the storm.  To put his hope in God.  When we get hit repeatedly, we have only one hope...only one person to praise. God Himself.  It's not an easy job.  We would rather behave badly. We would rather complain.  We would rather see the cup half empty.  But the only way to survive it (whatever that "it" may be) is to praise Him.

May the name of the Lord be praised.

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