The Pains We Face: Loss

by Carolyn Hope

“At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship and said: ‘Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.’ In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.” (Job 1:20-22)

When Job said this, he had just heard the news that all his oxen, donkeys, sheep, camels, servants, and sons and daughters were gone. All he had left was his wife. He was dealing with total loss on every side. What will you do if your business gets flooded, and your building is damaged beyond repair? What will you say if the stock market crashes and all your investments go down the drain? How will you act if your child gets sick, and instead of recovering, gets worse?

The most remarkable part about Job’s story to me is what he did with the news he was given. Job began to mourn, but as he did, he worshipped. He worshipped! If you have experienced loss of any kind, then you can understand how unique of a response Job’s was. Worship is many times the last thing we want to do when tragedy strikes. When you lose something or someone dear to your heart, it leaves a hole that can’t really be filled in. There’s healing, yes; but you’re never quite the same.

Loss will change you. You get to determine how it changes you. You can become bitter and angry, or you can become stronger and greater. The way you let loss change you for the better is by worshipping your King. No matter what you’ve been through, He’s still worthy. No matter the pain you’re feeling, He’s still good. No matter what you’ve lost, or what the enemy has stolen from you, Jesus still loves you.

Job wasn’t perfect. Later in his story, he tried to understand what he was going through, and he finally had to let go and trust the Lord. You can’t always understand pain, especially when it runs deep. There comes a point where you have to decide if you’re going to trust your mind, or the One Who made it. It’s so hard to see clearly when you hurt so much. Take heart, dear one; there’s a Father who sees better than you do, and He holds you securely in His hands.

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