My family has a tradition of reading a chapter of the Bible every night. Unfortunately, we are not very consistent with this.:( We have been reading for the last six or eight years, but we have only just now gotten to Job. My parents threaten that I wont be able to get married until we finish Revelations.:)
But, I wanted to talk about one of the passages we have lately read.
Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head, and he fell to the ground and worshiped. And he said:
Naked I came from my mother's womb,
And naked shall I return there.
The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away;
Blessed be the name of the Lord.
In all this Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong.
This passage really stuck out to me. We so often go through trials much smaller than Job's and yet we have the tendency of blaming God for sending them. But Job lost everything, his home, his flocks, his children, and yet he still praised the Lord. He never once blamed God. Instead, it says he worshiped God! For the Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord. How often do we say this we a check comes in late, or we get sick, or someone says something that hurt us? This passage has really convicted me over how much I complain about what God is or isn't doing that I want. I am so much better off then Job was! Oh Lord, forgive me for not trusting in You! Let me be found praising the Lord when trials come my way. For the Lord is good. His mercy endures to all generations!
May the Lord God bless and keep you!