One day when Job’s sons and daughters were feasting at the oldest brother’s house, 14 a messenger arrived at Job’s home with this news: “Your oxen were plowing, with the donkeys feeding beside them, 15 when the Sabeans raided us. They stole all the animals and killed all the farmhands. I am the only one who escaped to tell you.”
16 While he was still speaking, another messenger arrived with this news: “The fire of God has fallen from heaven and burned up your sheep and all the shepherds. I am the only one who escaped to tell you.”
17 While he was still speaking, a third messenger arrived with this news: “Three bands of Chaldean raiders have stolen your camels and killed your servants. I am the only one who escaped to tell you.”
18 While he was still speaking, another messenger arrived with this news: “Your sons and daughters were feasting in their oldest brother’s home. 19 Suddenly, a powerful wind swept in from the wilderness and hit the house on all sides. The house collapsed, and all your children are dead. I am the only one who escaped to tell you.”
20 Job stood up and tore his robe in grief. Then he shaved his head and fell to the ground to worship. 21 He said, “I came naked from my mother’s womb, and I will be naked when I leave.
The Lord gave me what I had and the Lord has taken it away. Praise the name of the Lord!”
22 In all of this, Job did not sin by blaming God.
The life of job shows us just how difficult it is to see God at work in the midst of situations that appear to be unbearable. His life also shows us how to maintain faith by keeping God in view, in spite of what life may throws at us.
Job lost his wealth, his livelihood, all 10 of his children and his health. To make matters worse, Mrs. Job told him to curse God and die. Talk about a stormy life, Job had one!
In the midst of all this pain, sorrow, grief, despair, hurt and possibly anger, job did not waiver in his faith. Scripture declares that instead of blaming God, Job stood up in grief, tore his robe, shaved his head and fell to the ground and worship God.
At an opportunity to be angry with God and to give up your faith, Job did the opposite. He did not waiver, nor did he blame God. He worshiped God.
Job's faith was unwavering in the midst of his storm. He did not let doubt, blame, rage and anger become the rule of the day, but instead he allowed his faith in God to help him stay afloat spiritually.
When life seems to suddenly, out of nowhere, goes the wrong way, we need to do as Job did and seek God. The best thing that we all could do in sudden tragedy and despair is to remain close to God. Even if God does not bring us out of the storm, He will be with us in it and see that we get through it.
We may not know when or where God will show up in our storm, but we must continue to trust, believe and take Him at His Word.
Job made many statements of faith in his storm of life. Let's listen. Job 13:15a-Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him. Job 1:21-He said, "I came naked from my mother's womb, and I will be naked when I leave. The LORD gave me what I had, and the LORD has taken it away. Praise the name of the LORD!"
Again, in opportunity to doubt and curse God, which is of no benefit to anyone, Job believe that better days was ahead and therefore, he worshiped God.
Where are you on today in the midst of your storm? Are you wavering in your faith ? Are you blaming God? Where are you? Scripture declares that a man that wavers in his faith is unstable in all his ways.
Perhaps you are dealing with some type of hurt, pain, tragedy, death, etc. Whatever it may be, Job has given us an example of what to do. Seek God! He can be found if we seek Him.
God will make a way to bring you out. He will see to it. You will not remain in the storm forever. You are only passing "through" the valley.
Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him! Is this your praise report on today in the midst of your storm?
God bless and I love you all.