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Friday, June 4, 2010

In all this....

"In all this, Job did not sin or
charge God with wrong" (Job 1:22)

The "in all this" that is written in this scripture is more than most of us could comprehend or imagine.

The "in all this" reflected here is the far reaching devastation that befell Job, most likely in the time span of one day.

"In all this" signifies the loss of most of his servants, thousands of head of livestock, his wealth, his livelihood, his children. All 10 of his children. All of them...

In the mere flash of time, all that Job had worked for, all that Job had acquired, was taken from him. In one fell swoop. From power to powerless. From wealth to poverty. In an instant.

God had allowed satan to test Job. He put limits on the power that He afforded satan and he didn't allow satan to harm Job. But as far as everything else went, God said, "behold, all that he has is in your power; only do not lay a hand on his person."

So satan attacked Job and stripped him of everything imaginable. Stripped him down to nothing. Stripped him down to where he had started.

And Job? He fell to the ground and worshiped.

Oh, yeah. In full submission and humility to the God whom Job loved, he prostrated himself before Him and worshiped, saying,

"the LORD gave and the LORD has taken away;
Blessed be the name of the LORD."

 Oh, that I would be so willing to honor God not only with my lips, but with my life. That I would fall down and worship with all that I am in any circumstance. That my reverence of Him wouldn't be tied to any false expectation of Him or His power. But that I would just worship.

Job was singled out by God. He called him "His servant". He told satan, "there is no one on earth like him, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil."

I pray that God can call me His servant. I pray that I will always be eager to pursue a blameless and upright existence. May I actively seek to be a God-fearing woman. May I always strive to shun evil.

When the deep darkness comes and threatens to overcome, may my mouth be filled with His praise and my heart with His amazing love. When I face the "in all this" of my life, may I honor Him in word and deed.

Lord, help me to turn my face to You. Lift my heart in surrender. Lift my hands in praise. Fall down at your feet and just worship.  

9 comments:

Stacey Dawn said...

Hugs....

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Perhaps when all else is stripped away from us, as Christians there's only one place we can go... to our knees and on our faces. We could curse God and die, or we could praise him, love him, and therefore, live.

It reminds me of the temporary nature of our lives. Even as I'm in the midst of packing up way too much stuff, I'm think about how very meaningless it all is, at least in the long run. Short term, it's hard to let go, but in the end, the only thing I'm taking with me to heaven is my heart. Better to keep it in check rather than all my stuff.

Great reminder this morning.

peace~elaine

Beth.. One Blessed Nana said...

oh wow, elaine. you just put the icing on the cake for me.

i only want to praise Him. With all that i am. and love Him. and live.

you bless me friend,
Beth

Nancy said...

This is very good. So much to learn from the life of Job and from the book of Job. I, too, want to be a worshipper of God in all things.

valerie said...

Beth,
Thank you for continuing to lift up my daughter in your prayers. She's had a really great pregnancy so far. We just can't wait to get that little boy in our arms.

I know you are so excited to see your little grandson too.

Love & prayers,
Valerie

Beautiful pear tree lane said...

Such a powerful post, Beth, Oh! for me to be like Job,when things happen in my life. Thank you for sharing such a challenging and heart searching post.
Blessings,
Sue

angelonwheels said...

Wow!!!!!!!!!! I admit I have often wondered why God was willing to test Job when God didn't have to prove anything to satan. Wonderful post Beth! Thank you for your prayers!

sanjeet said...

i only want to praise Him. With all that i am. and love Him. and live.
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prashant said...

it's hard to let go, but in the end, the only thing I'm taking with me to heaven is my heart.
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