The Book of Job and a Cup of Coffee
Double For Your Trouble isn’t just about grace and mercy stepping into my life. It’s also about Job’s troubles. Have you ever sat down with a good cup of coffee and the book of Job? Probably not, but it played a big role in the writing of my first book. I highly recommend it!
The opening verses in the book of Job describe his faithfulness and his life of bliss. We see that Job was honest inside and out. He kept his word and was wholly devoted to God. He had seven sons and three daughters. Job prayed for his children and on a regular basis. He was wealthy and the most influential man of all the people in the East.
But this blissful existence came to an abrupt end. One calamity after another was brought about by the hand of Satan.
It began when all of Job’s oxen and donkeys and the field hands were taken captive by marauders. Only one field hand managed to escape and return to Job with the news. Then another messenger came. All of Job’s sheep and shepherds, save himself, had been killed by bolts of lightning. A third servant came to Job, telling him that his camels had been driven off, and his camel hands had been slaughtered. While they were talking, yet another servant came to Job. A tornado had come and claimed the lives of all his children. So much trauma for one day!
“Job got to his feet, ripped his robe, shaved his head, then fell to the ground and worshiped.” —Job 1:30 MSG
This is an awesome example of what we are to do in our times of desperation! Job ripped his robe and shaved his head as a sign of humility and reverence to God. When we approach God, our attitude must be one of contriteness, not arrogance. I am convinced that when we go to God with a humble attitude, God will listen to our prayers. When we approach God with arrogance, He refuses to listen and will remain silent.
“Naked I came from my mother’s womb, naked I’ll return to the womb of the earth. God gives, God takes. God’s name be ever blessed. Not once through all this did Job sin; not once did he blame God.” —Job 1:21-22 MSG
In the midst of all Job’s confusion and heartbreak, he chose to praise God. Job knew how to count it all joy and in everything give thanks.
There have been many times throughout my journey when I have become angry at God. I did not praise Him but chose instead to blame Him for the predicament that I found myself in. I believe that it is for this exact reason that I was drawn to the story of Job. God wanted to develop in me a grateful heart.Read about Job online at BibleGateway.com