I have lost everything and more than once I might add. I struggle to understand why people so desperately want to hang on to the material things in life when it all can be gone in an instant. God gives and He takes away according to HIS plan. We have a lot to learn from Job. What a story. Here is mine…I have lost 2 marriages, both of my children, homes, relationships, furniture, clothes, jewelry, the list goes on and on. I have accumulated things only to see them slip through my hands once again. The good things I have lost have been addiction, pride, selfishness, ego, and the like. Some of these things try to attach themselves back to me but it isn’t going to happen. I have handed God on a platter every piece of my life and even when I lost it all, I still praised Him in the storm.
Job 1:13-22 – One day when Job’s sons and daughters were feasting and drinking wine at the oldest brother’s house, 14 a messenger came to Job and said, “The oxen were plowing and the donkeys were grazing nearby, 15 and the Sabeans attacked and made off with them. They put the servants to the sword, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!” 16 While he was still speaking, another messenger came and said, “The fire of God fell from the heavens and burned up the sheep and the servants, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!” 17 While he was still speaking, another messenger came and said, “The Chaldeans formed three raiding parties and swept down on your camels and made off with them. They put the servants to the sword, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!” 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!” 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.
So many times I want to SCREAM, “WHY, God??? Why are you taking this away from me!?!? What did I do to deserve this?” But I can’t. I have stood, empty-handed, with only myself to account for and nothing more and I know God sees me. No matter the loss, the circumstance, the fear, the worry, the doubt, the confusion, I must submit solely to His sovereign will for my life and recognize that He alone can bless me through my curses. God is not predictable or controllable, but He is trustworthy. I don’t want the trials of life to become temptations that cause me to doubt His love. He will never send me anywhere He has not already gone before. Sometimes all I can do is Let It Go…
You can read Job 1-4 about the loss of everything and Job’s temptation from satan at www.biblegateway.com.. What a testimony to God’s favor and mercy upon us all! Join in the discussion by posting comments or questions below and let’s do this together!! #ReadtheBible #bgbg2 #BibleGateway #newbeginnings #Job
To further your reading, and to dive a bit deeper, consider this from:
Deuteronomy 31:8 – The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
God is with us always to the end. He lives outside of time and space and will never send us anywhere He has not gone before us. We must trust Him with everything we have and don’t have and believe Him when He says that He has a plan for us.