Job 1:13-22 (NRSV)

13 One day when his sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in the eldest brother’s house, 14 a messenger came to Job and said, “The oxen were plowing and the donkeys were feeding beside them, 15 and the Sabeans fell on them and carried them off, and killed the servants with the edge of the sword; I alone have escaped to tell you.” 16 While he was still speaking, another came and said, “The fire of God fell from heaven and burned up the sheep and the servants, and consumed them; I alone have escaped to tell you.” 17 While he was still speaking, another came and said, “The Chaldeans formed three columns, made a raid on the camels and carried them off, and killed the servants with the edge of the sword; I alone have escaped to tell you.” 18 While he was still speaking, another came and said, “Your sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother’s house, 19 and suddenly a great wind came across the desert, struck the four corners of the house, and it fell on the young people, and they are dead; I alone have escaped to tell you.” 20 Then Job arose, tore his robe, shaved his head, and fell on the ground and worshiped. 21 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.” 22 In all this Job did not sin or charge God with wrongdoing.   

Job 1:21(NRSV)

21 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.”   

DEVOTION – Brooke Espinoza (California)

When we consider Job, a man who intensely loved and obeyed God and yet was stripped of his children and his cast wealth, we see his words as an astounding response to phenomenal loss.

Sometimes, people mistakenly believe that suffering is the result of wrongs committed.  The disciples, for example, asked Jesus about a man born blind, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” (John 9:2)  Yet the Bible declares that neither Job nor the blind man was afflicted because of wrongdoing.  Job knew his suffering was not the result of sin.  He also understood that everything he lost had been given to him by God and that whether God gives or takes away, God is worthy of praise.  Job trusted God in the midst of his trials, and Paul reminds us that God works in all situations for good for all who love the Lord (Rom. 8:28).

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: We can rejoice that God does not withhold good from us.

PRAYER: Dear God in heaven, thank you for working all things for good in our lives.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.

PRAYER FOCUS: FOR FAITH IN TIMES OF DISCOURAGEMENT

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