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.” -Job 1:21 (NASB)
The Book of Job, a page turner about a godly man who had everything taken from him, blew this agent away. It showed how the God who gives also takes away. It showed how we can misinterpret and misrepresent Him–even the most well-meaning friends and family. It showed how a man, living so upright, could be stripped of everything…and be human and complain against God.
Among the countless other examples of humanly inescapable, no-win situations:
- Egyptian oppression of the Israelites
- Pharaoh’s armies closing in on the Israelites at the Red Sea
- Daniel in the lion’s den
- Joseph being sold by his own brothers into slavery
- Young David facing Goliath
- Giants in the Promised Land
- The walls of Jericho
- Our Lord and Savior, crucified by His own people
God can turn anything around
The Book of Job ultimately showed the unfailing love of the Almighty Father, who gave to Job double what He had allowed Satan to take from him, once Job humbly repented. God can turn anything around, no matter how seemingly impossible.
No matter what we face…no matter what we lose…He is with us. And it’s when we’re reduced to nothing, and nowhere to turn, and no one to lean on, when we can stop striving and look to Him in obedience and surrender.
When all seems lost, it’s God’s time to shine.
“Eye of the Storm” by Ryan Stephenson (featuring GabeReal) reminds us to trust in the Lord, no matter what comes and goes in our lives.