“Then Job arose, tore his robe, and shaved his head, and fell to the ground and worshipped.” Job 1:20
You are probably familiar with the story of Job. Job was just and upright. Job loved God and was faithful. God was proud of Job. Then God allowed to Job to endure some of the worst trials ever documented in history. Let’s just say…that day was a rough day to be Job.
So here is Job, being told that everything he owns and everyone he loves are gone. And Job rises, tears his robe, shaves his head and worships God? Job doesn’t blame God. He doesn’t lash out at God. He doesn’t walk away from God. He worships God. To me, it always seemed like an impossible response to pain and devastation.
Sometimes I think…wow, I don’t know if I could respond like that. I tell myself Job must have been extraordinary. He must have had some special super power that allowed him to worship God even when he wanted to scream. Have you ever had your life come crashing down around you? Did you worship God or blame Him? Did you cry out to God or walk away?
I have experienced loss of this magnitude twice in my life. The first time I lashed out; I walked away; I became so angry with God that I couldn’t hear Him anymore. Then I let go and I grew to know Jesus on a deeper level. I let go of the pain and embraced the Savior.
Then my world came crashing down again… That’s when I finally understood what the Bible was teaching about Job. Notice it doesn’t say, Job went about his business pretending everything was fine. It doesn’t say Job was happy about his loss. It doesn’t say he just got over the pain. I think Job was probably a hot mess in that moment. He was so overcome with pain that the only thing he could think to do is worship God. When the words were gone and nothing made sense, Job knew WHO God was. Job knew God was listening to him and hurting with him. Job knew that in the midst of such overwhelming pain, his hope of comfort was in the LORD.
When the pain is too much to bear, worship God because we don’t have to bear it alone. When nothing seems to make sense, worship God because WE don’t have to figure out the answer. We worship because God is God, and through that worship, we can again find joy.
“Blessed is the man who endures temptation: for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the LORD has promised to those who love Him.” James 1:12