18 While he was still speaking, yet another messenger came and said, “Your sons and daughters were feasting and drinking wine at the oldest brother’s house, 19 when suddenly a mighty wind swept in from the desert and struck the four corners of the house. It collapsed on them and they are dead, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!”
Can you imagine being Job having someone coming up to you three times in a row telling you that everything you worked hard for was destroyed? To top it off you find out your whole family were killed and you have none left. A lot of times when we’re faced with tragedy we display many emotions. Emotions like, anger, sadness, depression, disappointment, loneliness, forgiveness causing us to sometimes feel like we just can’t go own. Getting news of that magnitude would shatter most people causing them to lose hope. But Job did something I find truly amazing when he received his devastating news.
Job 1:20-22 (NIV)
20 At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship 21 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.” 22 In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.
What is it that Job did that was amazing and something we all should learn to do when we encounter tragedy and affliction? He worshiped and he didn’t blame God.
Job 2:7-8 (NIV)
7 So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord and afflicted Job with painful sores from the soles of his feet to the crown of his head. 8 Then Job took a piece of broken pottery and scraped himself with it as he sat among the ashes.
Yes dealing with affliction can be very painful in every area of our lives just like it was for Job. But in the middle of his affliction he fell down on his knees and worshiped his heavenly father. Through it all Job ended being blessed with more than what he had lost because of the decision that he made to worship and not blame God.
So the next time you encounter tragedy or affliction be like Job and worship!!!!
Lord, I will worship you through all my afflictions.