March 16: Losing everything
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Reading is something I never seem to have enough time for, but that I do enjoy. However, unlike many of my friends who have cried while reading books, I had never been overtaken by such strong emotion because of the written word or felt that connected to any text before in my life.
But last month, I experienced this phenomenon while reading the first three chapters of Job as a part of my commitment to reading the Bible in one year. Job was introduced as this righteous, amazing man who lived his life so richly for God and nobody else. He had it all: money, children, land, everything. Job was so great, in fact, that God promised Satan that he could take any of Job’s riches away and that he would remain one of his greatest servants. Truth be told, Job endured his family being killed, his riches being taken and his health shaken. Everything was stripped from him … just like that.
It makes me wonder: how would I react if I was Job in today’s world? Would I ever reach understanding as to why God took everything from me? Would I cling to God or run from God? I find myself often forgetting about how we are commanded to give in ways that Jesus gave for us to those around us – even our enemies.
I challenge you to think about this: what would you give up to show your love for God if you had the chance?