(After repeatedly listening to the praise and worship song ‘Blessed Be The Name’ by Matt Redman on his CD ‘Sing Like Never Before: The Essential Collection’ – BTW an excellent collection CD – I was inspired to seek out this passage of Scripture and write this post.)
Take a moment and consider the tragic news Job received regarding his family in the opening of the Old Testament book bearing his name …
Now on the day when his sons and his daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother’s house, a messenger came to Job and said, “The oxen were plowing and the donkeys feeding beside them, and the Sabeans attacked and took them. They also slew the servants with the edge of the sword, and I alone have escaped to tell you.” While he was still speaking, another also came and said, “The fire of God fell from heaven and burned up the sheep and the servants and consumed them, and I alone have escaped to tell you.” While he was still speaking, another also came and said, “The Chaldeans formed three bands and made a raid on the camels and took them and slew the servants with the edge of the sword, and I alone have escaped to tell you.” While he was still speaking, another also came and said, “Your sons and your daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother’s house, and behold, a great wind came from across the wilderness and struck the four corners of the house, and it fell on the young people and they died, and I alone have escaped to tell you.” Job 1:13-19 (NASB)
How do you think you would respond to such tragic family news? May it be something you never have to face … I can only imagine a lot of tears, a lot of crying and screaming out to God, “WHY? WHY? WHY?” (Note: My faith threshold for personal pain, trials and tribulations is far higher than my faith threshold for the pains, trials and tribulations of my wife, children and grandchildren)
Look how Job responded …
Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head, AND HE FELL TO THE GROUND AND WORSHIPED. He said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, And naked I shall return there. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away. BLESSED BE THE NAME OF THE LORD.” Through all this Job did not sin nor did he blame God. Job 1:20-22 (NASB)
He fell to the ground and worshiped!
He proclaimed ‘Blessed be the name of the Lord!’
He did not sin and he did not blame God!
For a close I can’t help but be drawn to the following …
My soul, wait in silence for God only, For my hope is from Him.
He only is my rock and my salvation, My stronghold; I shall not be shaken.
On God my salvation and my glory rest; The rock of my strength, my refuge is in God.
Trust in Him at all times, O people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. Selah. Psalm 62:5-8 (NASB)
Blessed be the name of the Lord!