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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Sunday, July 30, 2017
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Today’s scripture reading:
Job lost all he had through no fault of his own. As he struggled to understand why all this was happening to him, it became clear that he was not meant to know the reasons. He would have to face life with the answers and explanations held back. Only then would his faith fully develop.
We must experience life, one day at a time, without complete answers to all of life’s questions. Will we, like Job, trust God no matter what? Or will we give in to the temptation to say that God doesn’t really care? (NLT)
Job 1:1-21 – There was a man named Job who lived in the land of Uz. He was blameless, a man of complete integrity. He feared God and stayed away from evil. He had seven sons and three daughters. He owned seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred teams of oxen, and five hundred female donkeys, and he employed many servants. He was, in fact, the richest person in that entire area.
Every year when Job’s sons had birthdays, they invited their brothers and sisters to join them for a celebration. On these occasions they would get together to eat and drink. When these celebrations ended—and sometimes they lasted several days—Job would purify his children. He would get up early in the morning and offer a burnt offering for each of them. For Job said to himself, “Perhaps my children have sinned and have cursed God in their hearts.” This was Job’s regular practice.
One day the angels came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan the Accuser came with them. “Where have you come from?” the Lord asked Satan.
And Satan answered the Lord, “I have been going back and forth across the earth, watching everything that’s going on.”
Then the Lord asked Satan, “Have you noticed my servant Job? He is the finest man in all the earth—a man of complete integrity. He fears God and will have nothing to do with evil.”
Satan replied to the Lord, “Yes, Job fears God, but not without good reason! You have always protected him and his home and his property from harm. You have made him prosperous in everything he does. Look how rich he is! But take away everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face!”
“All right, you may test him,” the Lord said to Satan. “Do whatever you want with everything he possesses, but don’t harm him physically.” So Satan left the Lord’s presence.
One day when Job’s sons and daughters were dining at the oldest brother’s house, a messenger arrived at Job’s home with this news: “Your oxen were plowing, with the donkeys feeding beside them, when the Sabeans raided us. They stole all the animals and killed all the farmhands. I am the only one who escaped to tell you.”
While he was still speaking, another messenger arrived with this news: “The fire of God has fallen from heaven and burned up your sheep and all the shepherds. I am the only one who escaped to tell you.”
While he was still speaking, a third messenger arrived with this news: “Three bands of Chaldean raiders have stolen your camels and killed your servants. I am the only one who escaped to tell you.”
While he was still speaking, another messenger arrived with this news: “Your sons and daughters were feasting in their oldest brother’s home. Suddenly, a powerful wind swept in from the desert and hit the house on all sides. The house collapsed, and all your children are dead. I am the only one who escaped to tell you.”
Job stood up and tore his robe in grief. Then he shaved his head and fell to the ground before God. He said, “I came naked from my mother’s womb, and I will be stripped of everything when I die. The Lord gave me everything I had, and the Lord has taken it away. Praise the name of the Lord!”
[Job] said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return there; the Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” –Job 1:21 (NRSV)
Sarah Lyons (Kansas) titled her story “IN THE FACE OF LOSS;” here is a portion of Sarah’s story:
“The ultrasound tech moved the wand over my abdomen. With a concerned look on her face, she said, ‘I am sorry; there is no heartbeat. The baby is gone.’ My heart sank as tears rolled down my face. I nodded that I understood, even though I didn’t understand at all.
“This loss helped me to sympathize even more with Job . . . According to today’s reading, Job followed God faithfully and God considered him blameless and upright. Even so, all at once Job lost everything. In the midst of heartache, Job still had the faith to worship. At the lowest point of his life, he fell to the ground before God saying, ‘Blessed be the name of the Lord.’
“No one understands why tragedy occurs, but it happens to all of us. After losing my baby, I spent many months in heartache and prayer. In time, I was able to accept what had happened. At that point I could join with Job in saying, ‘Blessed be the name of the Lord’ and thank God for all the blessings I have received.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – I will praise God in both my sorrow and my joy.
Prayer: Dear Father, thank you for all your blessings. Help us to worship and acknowledge you, even when we mourn. Amen.
Prayer Focus: SOMEONE GRIEVING THE DEATH OF A CHILD
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