Finding Contentment in Worship

Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head and fell on the ground and worshiped. And he said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.’
— Job 1:20-21

Here, we can see Job’s “response”, if you would, to some preceding turmoil. This illustration of Job’s worship is seen taking place after being told by four messengers – each told chronologically – about how Job’s possessions we’re either stolen or destroyed. To top it off, the final message was that his children had just been killed all while; [Eating and drinking in their brother’s house] (Job 1:13-19).

Now, besides Job’s loss, one should take into account Job’s “response” to all of this. Immediately after the final message came through, Job didn’t complain. The word of God presents Job finding enough comfort and satisfaction in worshipping the Lord that sustained him enough not to sin in effect of all that took place. (Job 1:22)

Now, the part that continues to blow me away is Job’s final two phrases. “The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; Blessed be the name of the LORD.” To state in similar diction, Job is acknowledging that God was and is still in control. The same God that allowed Job to experience wealth for a season was the same God that collected it all back. The God that was in Job’s uprising is the same God that was in the midst of Job’s loss (and, spoiler alert, the same God that was in Job’s restoration towards the end of the story).

I encourage as many as possible to worship God with confidence in knowing that He is powerful, sovereign, mighty, divine, true, genuine, eternal, etc. We should all be encouraged to worship with the mindset that although our materialistic possessions may fail and our loved ones may fade away, our Alpha & Omega, the Great I AM, the One who sits high and looks low, was, is, and will ALWAYS be in control! Although my surroundings may fail, knowing that the God I serve is all of these things and more continues to put a smile on my face through any storm I may be going through. Hopefully, it puts one on your face too.