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When Tragedy Strikes

Our text is from Job 1:20 –Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped,

1:21 And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.

1:22 In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.

Few has ever gone thru what the man Job went thru. If you read the book of Job you will find that though he was a good man, he suffered loss of his property, his sons and daughters (ten in all), his status, his job, his influence, his health, and the support of his wife and friends.

One day Job got some very bad news. After this tragic report Job had to stop and sit down, get his breath, and gather his thoughts. What a very trying experience Job had.

Now it was time for him to do some soul searching. So often with us we wait till tragedy happens before we do this.

The first thing he did was to recognize God was the author of this. God did allow this to happen, verse 21.

Then secondly, he kept on worshiping God. God is still God so he must know what he is doing even if we don’t. Notice verse 20-21.

Thirdly, he just had a time of silence. Perhaps he was wondering, “Why me?” Perhaps he was praying and asking God to show him why this was happening to him. (Read chapter 2 verse 13.)

Many times we can figure out why things happen to us if we are honest with ourselves and just remain silent for awhile. Many times God can and will reveal things to us in an attitude of prayer and through his written word.

He won’t reveal those things to you while you are watching some ball game, movie, or rock concert because by that he knows that you’re not really interested in why things happened the way it did. It may be that you really do know and don’t want to deal with it.

In the end, you find out why Job was tested. It wasn’t all about him. It was about some kind of deal between the devil and the Lord over their servants.

After reading the account, it looks like that there was some kind of dispute between the devil and the Lord about who had the most faithful servants and God asked him if he had considered Job. So the contest was on. Who has the most faithful servant?

You may never know this side of eternity when you experience tragedy what is really going on behind the scenes between God and the devil, or between God and someone else. The story of Job is a classic example of this. This is not to say that you won’t or can’t know sometimes why things happen because sometimes you will have a very definite sense or impression of why things happen. Not all the time, but sometimes.

Remember when tragedy strikes, recognize that God is the author and trust that he knows what’s best. Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. Proverbs 3:5. (I didn’t say it would be easy, but God understands that.)

It may not be about you at all, it may be about someone else that God is trying to deal with and is using you to get thru to them. Remember—others are watching you! How you deal with tragedy may determine how others deal with tragedy.

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