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  • Writer's picture~Kimberly Oden

Faced with Sudden Sorrow | Behest or Behold

Likening my life to Job’s is a stretch as I haven’t completely lost everything, & yet the weight in that moment felt unbearable.

As I reread the account of the enemy’s attack on Job this morning, something new by one the messengers assailed Job with news of loss - all of his animals, farmhands & shepherds.

Throughout the barrage of bad news, Job remained seated. Then the last messenger arrives & announces that a powerful wind collapsed his son’s home, immediately killing all of Job’s children.

Upon hearing word of the death of ALL his children, he stood. I paused there to question my response. This is what surfaced:

When faced with sudden sorrow, would I behest my Father in heaven with angry & urgent requests or behold my God in Whom I say I trust? The word “behold” means to call attention some fact on which action is taken or a conclusion is drawn.

Job did something extraordinary. He stood, tore his robe & shaved his head to acknowledge his deep-seated grief, then fell to the ground to worship. He beheld the Lord with his heart, posture & words. He called to mind the fact that the Lord gave him all & that for whatever inexplicable reason, the Lord took it away. Then he simply exclaims, “Praise the name of the Lord!”

Immediately after his declaration of praise, it says, “In all of this, Job did not sin by blaming God.” Just wow...there are a few things to ponder at this point:

👉🏽God is the author of life

👉🏽Satan is the author of death

👉🏽Death entered by a choice way back in the Garden of Eden

👉🏽We have a choice We can either behest or behold our God in Whom we say we trust

When sudden sorrow comes, we can beg, blame & barrage Him with accusations that question His goodness or we can behold Him- recalling the facts about Who He is amidst the hard - our Rock, Redeemer, Salvation, our God in Whom we can trust. #OneYearBible

August 21st One Year Bible Readings 💡Job 1:1-3:26 💡1 Corinthians 14:1-17 💡Psalm 37:12-29 💡Proverbs 21:25-26


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