There was a man who was blessed beyond his dreams. He had a wife, sons and daughters, land, livestock, riches, and so much more. This man had everything he needed and possibly everything he wanted. There was no sign of dissatisfaction or regret from this man for it seemed like had the “perfect” life. Then one day, he lost his children, his animals and even his servants. His response was this:
”’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.”’ (Job 1:21 NIV)
There’s a lot of things I can willing let go of. I could picture myself giving up material possessions like my phone, car, and/or guitar. But if the Lord asked me to give my family to Him, I don’t know if I would. Then again, I kind of already did that when I lived in South Korea. For some time, I was far from my family with little to no wifi. Communication was hard and the only real communication I had at the time was with my Korean students and coworkers. Even then, the communication was not always accurate due to language and cultural barriers. The struggles I had were some of the hardest things I’ve had to deal with. There was really no one around me at the time that I could talk to in a deeper level about my situation. I had no one to turn to. No one…but God.
I cannot remember everything in detail, but I sought God more than I ever have. It wasn’t a weekly seeking or a daily seeking. I sought after God almost every hour because every hour there was a challenge. From walking the streets of an unknown city to teaching in front of a class with students that looked like they were about collapse with exhaustion. There was nothing else for me to do but to pursue God more often and with more sincerity and earnest desire.
Here in the US, I see a lot of comfortable Christians. We have a nice church that treats us well and where we can serve. We got a job, not the best job but a job that helps pay bills and other necessities. We have cars. We’ve got our fancy, pricey technology. God does bless us with what we need, but we do get carried away with what we have. Yet, we forget that Satan and even God—if He wants—can take away everything. Then what will we be left with? When there is nothing left, is that when we finally call on God? I don’t think God is wanting us to know that He can take whatever He can: He can do that if He wants. But I think more importantly, He wants us to know that we have Him. Psalm 73:26 says, “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever” (NIV). God is the only of everything that lasts.
I admire the way Job remained so faithful when everything and everyone around him either was gone or had failed him. Instead of blaming God or possibly losing faith entirely, Job 1:22 says, “In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.” Job called on the Lord because the Lord remained. The Lord was all He had left.
We pray that you found this convicting and encouraging. Have you ever been in a situation where you’ve lost everything or have almost lost everything? Comment below and let us know what you think. ❤ to all of you!