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Devotional Job 1:20

Jun 08, 2016 09:17 PM CDT

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Devotional Job 1:20

"At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship 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.'" Job 1:20.

In this part of the bible, the focus is on Job-a loyal man of God who has been given many riches. In the beginning, Job is enjoying his belongings and the life that God has given him. However, the devil challenges God, saying that Job's loyalty is only because of the things that God has given him and that if he were to lose all that he had, he would curse God. God allows the devil to take Job's blessings away: his cattle, his servants, and his own children. When all of this happens, Job chooses to pray to God, still praising him despite all that he has lost.

It's amazing to think that someone who had everything and lost it all would be able to still find a way to praise God. It feels natural that whenever we experience turmoil or lose something or someone important to us that we would choose to blame God or someone. All of us have experienced loss in some way or another. And it is ok to mourn and miss what we lost.

But it is important to realize that God is the one who gave us those things. He is the one to give us all of the things that we find precious. That's why despite losing so much, Job still is able to praise God for all the things he has given him and be thankful. He does not get angry at God because he lost people he loved and the riches he had. He realizes that they all gifts from God. They are gifts that belong to God, not Job. He does not get angry because he values God more than what he has lost. His love of God overcomes his love of the things he loss.

When he states, "Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked I will depart," he knows that he can live without those things because they are not things he was born with. These things are not important for his livelihood. That doesn't mean that losing his family and valuables wasn't painful or weren't important to him at all. But he knows that the things he received on earth are temporary. But God's love and the eternal life he gives are forever. This understanding of the material things around us and the people around us can help us realize what is truly important in our lives. Our relationship and loyalty to God should be first in our lives.