Job 1:20-22 Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped, 21 And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD. 22 In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.
Most of us reading this know about the loss and tragedy of Job. We all must realize that within a very short span of time Job lost everything. The one thing He did not lose is the one thing Satan cannot take away from us. He did not lose His relationship with the Lord. I want to take a look at Job’s response to loss, tragedy and grief.
The first thing we notice is that Job did not try to hide his sorrow. So many times people try to cover up their emotion. Job openly and sincerely displayed his sorrow and hurt. We have to learn that it is okay not to be okay. We need not lie about the internal struggles we are dealing with and allow brokenness to run its course. It is not a sign of weakness but a sign of strength. Job was not okay. He was hurting. He was broken. He also did not try to cover that up. The first step to grief is being able to let wounds, hurt, and sadness be exposed publicly. Stop saying you are okay when you are not okay.
He blessed the name of the LORD. When we know God either allows or authors all things into our lives it becomes difficult to bless Him due to the fact that we do not understand His reasoning. Somehow we get the idea that Job knew what we know while reading this account. Job had no idea God was allowing this because He truly trusted Job. Even though Job had no idea of what God had purposed, He still was able to bless His Holy Name. We have to learn that one of the keys to grieving is being able to still worship God in the midst of the pain. We can say “this is God’s fault,” and ultimately it is God’s fault. However, we have to consider looking at the pain through the eyes of faith and trust. We have to be able to worship the Lord for who He is rather than what he has or has not done for us.
Job continued to walk right. Turning toward sin during moments of grief is going to lead to more pain and heartache. Turning away from the Lord is going to cause our lives to spiral out of control through bitterness, anger, and unforgiveness. Walking away from righteousness when dealing with grief will rob a person of their peace and ultimately lead to more devastation. It is essential that we continue to walk with the Lord during times of tragedy.