Tragedy and Loss


“Then Job arose, tore his robe, and shaved his head; and he fell to the ground and worshiped.” Job 1:20

The book of Esther wraps up the twelve books of the Old Testament known as the historical books and brings us to the next six books known as the poetical and wisdom books. This section of the bible starts off with the book of Job and takes us through a very tragic time of this mans life.

It begins by telling us that Job has a beautiful family and home and that he has a really good life with riches and servants. It also tells us that he is a very righteous man. He gets up every morning and prays for his kids…life was good!

Many of us have heard this story several times over the years. Satan was allowed to torture Job. In one day, all at the same time, his servants and even his children were killed. And the news of all of that hit him at the same time! And what was Jobs response? He broke down and worshiped God and says that God gives and takes away and whatever His will is, Job accepts it. What a response to tragedy in life, right?

The bible teaches we all have an appointed time to die. Sometimes we lose loved ones and it is always sad and sometimes tragic. Why that happens, I cannot answer, that is for God to answer. His ways are not our ways.

What I do know, however, is that He loves you and me and that He has a plan for us. I do know that the bible says He works out all things for good to those who love Him. Many times during tragedy in our lives, we immediately want to blame God and ask how he could allow it. Job did not do that. This tragedy made Him fall to His knees and it drew Him closer to God.

Maybe you have had something take place in your life that is making you question Gods love. Have you been angry with Him? Have you been questioning His love for you? That is a natural human reaction. Job was human too. It is possible that in some ways he may have felt the same way. Nevertheless, at the beginning of this tragic time of Job’s life, he drew closer to the Lord. If you are going through a tragic time in your life, I pray you are like Job and continue to worship God and draw closer to Him. I know He will see you through it.

“When we stand leafless and apparently lifeless, our soul having become like a tree in winter, let us not dream that the axe will cut us down, for our substance is in us though we have lost our leaves, and before long the time of the singing of birds will come, we shall feel the genial warmth of returning spring, and our lives shall again be covered with blossoms, and laden with fruit.” – C.H. Spurgeon


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