Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head, and 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.” Through all this Job did not sin nor did he blame God. Job 1:20-22, NAS.
Leases are agreements between two individuals that one will loan something to the other for a period of time. They can be for houses, equipment, even livestock. The lease allows one person to benefit from loaning, and the other to benefit from borrowing. The tricky part about a lease is the borrower does not own the object being borrowed. The leaser keeps ownership.
God owns everything. He created it all, He keeps it all going (Colossians 1:16-17). As long as we keep the right perspective, we can keep from having a tight grip on the things that have been loaned to us. But, when we start to think we own it; when we start to believe that it is ours, problems come. We tighten our grip; our expectations become too great, and we usually wind up being disappointed. Something happens, the lease is over, and we lose the thing that we thought was making us happy. We become disillusioned, upset, bitter.
How different it would be if we kept the right perspective. “Through all this Job did not sin, nor did he blame God.” It’s easy to read those words, but it is so hard to picture. Job lost his wealth, his children, his health and his well-being. It didn’t take a lifetime of gradually letting go, it happened all at once. And yet, he was able to hold onto the right perspective, not the things. He fell on his face and worshiped—yes, worshiped—God. He didn’t beg for different circumstances, he didn’t ask for a different outcome. He worshiped God. Worship is the decision to revere, love and be devoted to one of deity. There is only one God, and Job chose to worship Him at the moment of his toughest anguish and greatest heartache.
Job did not blame God, and Job was not privy to the conversations in Heaven and knew he had to “hang in there” for the sake of God’s character. All he knew was his life—the blessings and all that came with them—were a lease from God and when it was all said and done, Job honored the lease. And God honored him: “The LORD blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the former part” (Job 42:12). He is the same God, yesterday, today and forever!
Thought-provoker: Are you grasping your blessings too tightly and are you too focused on them, or are you thanking the Lord for them and using them as He sees fit?
Lord, You own it all. Thank You for sharing with me. Help me not to hold on too tightly, but be grateful for all the things You have given. Amen.