Our text is from Job 1:20 –Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped,
1:21 And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.
1:22 In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.
Few has ever gone thru what the man Job went thru. If you read the book of Job you will find that though he was a good man, he suffered loss of his property, his sons and daughters (seven in all), the support of his wife and friends, and even his own health. After this tragic report Job had to stop and sit down, get his breath, and gather his thoughts. What a very trying experience Job had.
Now it was time for him to do some soul searching. So often with us we wait till tragedy happens before we do this.
The first thing he did was to recognize God was the author of this. God did allow this to happen. verse 21.
Then secondly, he kept on worshiping God. God is still God so he must know what he is doing even if we don’t. verse 20-21.
Thirdly, he just had a time of silence. Perhaps he was wondering why him. Perhaps he was praying and asking God to show him why this was happening to him. ( Read chapter 2:13.)
Many times we can figure out why things happen to us if we are honest with ourselves and just remain silent for awhile. Many times God can and will reveal things to us in this attitude of prayer and through his written word.
He won’t do it while you are watching some ball game or rock concert because he figures that you are interested in other things.
In the end, you find out why Job was tested. It wasn’t all about him. It was about some kind of deal between the devil and the Lord over their servants. After reading the account, it looks like that there was some kind of dispute between the devil and the Lord about who had the most faithful servants and God asked him if he had considered Job. So the contest was on. Who has the most faithful servant.
You may never know when you experience tragedy what is really going on behind the scenes between God and the devil, or between God and someone else. The story of Job is a classic example of this. (This is not to say that you won’t or can’t know sometimes why things happen because there will be times of tragedy that you will very definitely know why things are happening.)
Remember when tragedy strikes, recognize that God is the author, keep on worshiping and trusting God, and seek Gods’ face in prayer. (I didn’t say it would be easy, but God understands that.)
It may not be about you at all, it may be about someone else that God is trying to deal with and is using you to get thru to them. Remember——— others are watching you! How you deal with tragedy may determine how others deal with tragedy.