First Reaction

Job 1:20-21 (NASB®)
Job got up, tore his robe, and shaved his head; then he fell to the ground and worshiped. 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’s praise of God here is not that remarkable until you consider what precedes it. In verses 1-19, God tells us what a righteous man Job is, then, gives Satan permission to test him. By the time we reach verse 20, nearly everything Job held dear has been destroyed. So, what does this righteous man do in response? He tears his clothes and shaves his head as signs of mourning. Then, he falls to the ground and worships God. How easy it would have been to blame God for his troubles. Job loved God; why would God allow such tragedy to strike him? While Job goes on to try to understand what has happened to him and why, his first reaction is to worship God.

What is our first reaction when hardship or tragedy arrives? Do we question God? Or do we declare, “Blessed be the name of the Lord!”

Heavenly Father, You are able to deliver me from every trial and challenge. As I wait, I want to make choices that honor You. Holy Spirit, help me understand God’s perspective in this season. God is faithful, and I choose to be faithful to Him. In Jesus’ name, amen.


Allen Jackson
Senior Pastor, World Outreach Church

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