The Things We Know

Job 1:20-22 ESV
Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head and fell on the ground and worshiped.  And he said, "Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked shall I return.  The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD."  In all this Job did not sin or charge GOD with wrong.  

I use to wonder as a child when I heard this story of Job how it was that he could worship GOD.  I wondered what kind of man must he be, if his only thought was to praise GOD after all of this.  I knew always that this was what we all should do, but I just wondered what it would take to be that person.  Desiring it, but feeling then like it was something that was unattainable for anyone short of the prophets and men like Job from that era.

Yet, this morning as I awoke to one more thing among many that "seem" to all be going wrong, all my soul can do is just rejoice!!  All my lips can find to do this morning is to say thank you LORD!  As I declared with my mouth: "LORD I know you and I know that you are a faithful GOD.  LORD I know that today we will see your miracles performed in our lives....The LORD spoke and said this to me......"It's what you know.." and immediately HE took me to Job and reminded me of the questions I would ask of HIM when reading this story.

One of the things that use to confuse me the most when I read this story of Job was verse 21.  It is the verse when Job said.." the LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away......"  You see, I had read the verses before it.  You know where they tell how the enemy was trying to find someone to devour.  I knew that the enemy was behind this whole thing.  Yet, what I did not realize in those moments is that Job only knew GOD.  He knew that GOD was his provider and the one who had given him such favor and grace.  He knew that GOD was the sustainer of  his life.  All Job knew was GOD, thus he responded based on his knowledge of GOD and who GOD was in his life.  

Do you know this?  Do you realize that nothing in this life happens without GOD's permission?  Do you realize that where ever it is that you are right now in this moment, that GOD is in that moment with you?  Do you realize that when GOD sees fit, that HE is going to put a stop to all of the things that seem to be coming against you?  Be at peace, children of GOD and praise HIM like HE just blessed you with your hearts desires.  For soon, very soon, there will be an end to what you are going through and your end; like Job's,  will be greater than your beginning! 



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