Job’s children were feasting in their oldest brother’s house. A message came to Job that the oxen were plowing and the donkeys feeding beside them, and that the Sabeans raided and took them away. Another messenger came to Job telling him that fire came from heaven and burned up the sheep and servants. A third messenger told of the Chaldeans raiding the camels and took them away. Finally, a messenger came and told Job that his children were killed when the house fell on the young people.
Job arose, tore his robe, and shaved his head, then fell to the ground and worshipped. Then the famous lines were uttered:
Job 1:21–22 (NKJV)
21 And he 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.”
22 In all this Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong.
Job’s world came crashing down. All his possessions and his children were lost in a matter of minutes. He went from being a wealthy man with many healthy children to being a destitute man in mourning. Life sometimes takes sharp turns. Note the last words of Job’s response: “In all this Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong.” What is our response when loss comes? When finances are impacted? When the course of life is irreparably altered? Do we pledge our trust in God anew? If not, let us take a lesson from Job and do not sin, nor charge God with wrong!