Many of us are terrible for wanting to be in control of life. ‘Control Freaks’ is the label given to those of us who are the worst. Yet there are some things in life that are beyond our power to regulate. Some things we have to ‘let go and let God.’
Job was a man who suffered incredibly. In one day he lost everything – his wealth, his health, and even his family. What happened to Job was beyond his control and, therefore, he had trust in the Lord. The Bible says this about Job –
Job stood up and tore his robe in grief. Then he shaved his head and fell to the ground to worship. He said, “I came naked from my mother’s womb, and I will be naked when I leave. The Lord gave me what I had, and the Lord has taken it away. Praise the name of the Lord!” (Job 1:20-21 NLT)
I often quote Warren Wiersbe in my devotionals. In his commentary on this portion of scripture he says this about Job –
First, he looked back to his birth: “Naked came I out of my mother’s womb.” Everything Job owned was given to him by God, and the same God who gave it had the right to take it away. Job simply acknowledged that he was a steward.
Then Job looked ahead to his death: “and naked shall I return.” He would not return to his mother’s womb, because that would be impossible. Nothing that he acquired between his birth and death would go with him into the next world. Paul wrote, “For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out” (1 Tim. 6:7).
Finally, Job looked up and uttered a magnificent statement of faith: “The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord” (Job 1:21). Instead of cursing God, as Satan said Job would do, Job blessed the Lord! Anybody can say, “The Lord gave” or “The Lord hath taken away”; but it takes real faith to say in the midst of sorrow and suffering, “Blessed be the name of the Lord.”
Job had the proper perspective of life. He realized that all he possessed was a gift from God and therefore during times of loss and uncertainty, he looked to God instead of lashing out at God. Scripture says – “In all of this, Job did not sin by blaming God.” (Job 1:22 NLT)
Job was not numb to the pain of tragedy. Scripture says that he ripped his robe in grief and fell face forward to the ground. Yet even in the midst of his terrible sorrow, he found hope. Knowing that his life was in the hands of God helped Job worship in a moment when he could have been overwhelmed. What worked for Job will work for us as well.