IS GOD ENOUGH?
Thank You, Father, that You are enough for me.
Read Job 1:1–22
1 In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil. 2 He had seven sons and three daughters, 3 and he owned seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen and five hundred donkeys, and had a large number of servants. He was the greatest man among all the people of the East.
4 His sons used to hold feasts in their homes on their birthdays, and they would invite their three sisters to eat and drink with them. 5 When a period of feasting had run its course, Job would make arrangements for them to be purified. Early in the morning he would sacrifice a burnt offering for each of them, thinking, “Perhaps my children have sinned and cursed God in their hearts.” This was Job’s regular custom.
6 One day the angels came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came with them. 7 The Lord said to Satan, “Where have you come from?”
Satan answered the Lord, “From roaming throughout the earth, going back and forth on it.”
8 Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.”
9 “Does Job fear God for nothing?” Satan replied. 10 “Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land. 11 But now stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face.”
12 The Lord said to Satan, “Very well, then, everything he has is in your power, but on the man himself do not lay a finger.”
Then Satan went out from the presence of the Lord.
13 One day when Job’s sons and daughters were feasting and drinking wine at the oldest brother’s house, 14 a messenger came to Job and said, “The oxen were plowing and the donkeys were grazing nearby, 15 and the Sabeans attacked and made off with them. They put the servants to the sword, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!”
16 While he was still speaking, another messenger came and said, “The fire of God fell from the heavens and burned up the sheep and the servants, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!”
17 While he was still speaking, another messenger came and said, “The Chaldeans formed three raiding parties and swept down on your camels and made off with them. They put the servants to the sword, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!”
18 While he was still speaking, yet another messenger came and said, “Your sons and daughters were feasting and drinking wine at the oldest brother’s house, 19 when suddenly a mighty wind swept in from the desert and struck the four corners of the house. It collapsed on them and they are dead, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!”
20 At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship 21 and said:
“Naked I came from my mother’s womb,
and naked I will depart.
The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away;
may the name of the Lord be praised.”
22 In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.
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ReflectWhy do you love God?
“I’ve looked everywhere,” says the Accuser, “and I cannot find a single human being who truly loves you, God.” “Have you considered my servant Job?” God asks. “There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil” (8). “Does Job fear God for nothing?” Satan replied (9). The Accuser continues, basically saying, “No one loves you because you are who you are. They only love you for what you give them. Who wouldn’t love a God who gives them money in the bank, a career, loving relationships and robust health? But take those away, and they’ve no reason to stay in a relationship with you. Job will curse you. He’ll reject you.”
This is the central question of the book of Job: is God good and worthy of worship only when he gives us good things? Or is God also good and worthy of worship when he takes them away? Should we stick with God when there seems to be no earthly reason to do so? Or when he even appears to be against us?
The Accuser (Rev. 12:10) wants to put God on trial. If human beings must be bribed, then a relationship with God is not enough; God is not worthy of worship. So God allows attacks on Job’s life that are unexpected, relentless and terrifying. And Job’s response in verses 20 and 21 is just the beginning of a whole book of pain and despair—and trust.
Is your relationship with God based on who he is? Or does it crumple on days when God no longer seems to bless you? Write down several attributes of God. Hold onto them in the hard times.
God, help me to love You and to worship You when everything is good and when everything is not.
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