Worship From a Broken Heart
March 26, 2010
Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped, And said, Naked came I out of my motherís womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord. In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly. Job 1:20-22 KJV
Last week we saw that God proposed Job to Satan for a period of terrible trials. God did, however, put a limit on what Satan could do to Job. Our text now takes us to the last report of sorrowful news. Job had taken all that a mortal man could take without a release of emotion. Job rent his mantle and shaved his head. This was a custom of the day to show a time of great sorrow. Job did not try to hide the outward signs of his sorrow. We are not expected to hold our sorrow inside. This would be very bad for us physically and spiritually. Iím glad God made provision to let our sorrow out. We should not be critical of how others grieve over a loss. God could allow us to be put through the same trial. I also notice that Jobís mourning was sanctified with worship. Where ever our mourning takes us, we should worship there. Job was so distraught that he fell on the ground before the Lord. Job could no longer walk under the burden, but he could worship. Praise should be on our lips for we know our Redeemer liveth. We could lose all we have in this life, but one thing we can never lose is our position in Christ Jesus. I know in whom I have believed and I am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him. Job also saw the reality that the things on Earth are temporary. We came in with nothing and we leave with nothing. Oh how foolish indeed for a man to give all his strength to things that cannot satisfy. We should be given to eternal things and spiritual blessings. Job did not sin or charge God foolishly. When we go through trouble we should not blame God, but praise Him for we are His creation and He can do with us what He wills. So we see Job truly worshipped from a broken heart. Amen.