This Thanksgiving I wanted to share a thought I have had over the last few weeks as I have studied through the book of Job. Job has always interested me with the dialog between God and Satan leading to the trials placed on Job and then his ultimate victory in righteousness. One passage from the first chapter beginning at verse 20 reads:
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.”
In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.
(New International Version)
And if you go read the full chapter you see what an awful day this statement follows. Job is essentially turned over to Satan and it is Satan’s intent to prove that Job will curse God if all his worldly blessings are removed.
Sure, you bless God when you are sitting high on the hog. How will you do when it all goes away?
Job loses everything that we would say matters this day when all his animals, servants, and even his children are killed. After all of that, Job praised the Lord. It goes on and if you read the next chapter you see that life gets worse for Job and continue reading as his friends even turn on him, but through it all Job is faithful in his reverence to God.
As this Thanksgiving approaches I hope that you have all you need and even want. I know we are blessed beyond our needs daily and for that I am thankful. Also, this Thanksgiving, consider the blessings that your truly hold that cannot be taken away: your faith, God’s promise, and eternity with Him. Beyond all these earthly things we hold so close, we serve a God that is immensely good to us moment by moment. Join me this Thanksgiving in remembering to thank Him for who He is, not just what He gives. Can we be as thankful as Job this season in that even when all these things pass away we lift our voices in praise to God?