Through all of this Job did not sin nor did he blame God.
How thankful are you for the Lord’s provision? Do you take the life He has given you for granted or do you thank Him daily for your many blessings?
The manner by which you live your life and the light in which you see it will have a great affect on how you work through difficult situations you encounter. You and I could learn much from the story of Job. This man lost all that he had yet continued to express his faith and never stop praising the Lord.
Because He did not allow Himself to believe that He deserved the blessings He possessed, his response to God was not in anger or hatred, but rather in submission. Job 1:21 records his response. “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I shall return there. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.” Great sorrow and morning were not feelings to be placed aside after losing his possessions and family, nonetheless Job recognized that to allow his emotions to drift into bitterness and hatred would be sinful. It was on account of this that he was able to avoid the selfish mindset of, “Why me?”
Are you prepared to lose your most cherished provisions from the Lord, yet continue to praise God for who He is? Could you say within your heart that you would not curse God if He took from you your closest friends or family members? The key to ensuring that this will never happen can be found in Exodus 20:3, “You shall have no other God’s before me.” Job was able remain faithful to the Lord because he never allowed even his family to become more important than his God.
The person or thing you seek to please the most will always be the first god that you serve. Whether that is family, friends, or a career, I challenge you to lay them aside and keep the Lord as number one on your list. It is only by doing this that you will be prepared to continue serving Him if should He take from you what you love the most.
Never forget that life and its blessings are gifts from God and not privileges that you possess.