Blessed be the Name of the Lord

This is a post that wrote in March of 2011. I”ve been pretty busy in the last week, so I thought I”d share one of my favorites with you.

Whenever I see my life taking what seems a turn for the worse, I tend to turn to the Book of Job. It”s not a particularly easy book to read, but it”s a great one to provide perspective anytime I start thinking I”ve been given a raw deal. Job was blameless before God. He was consistent with praise and thankfulness for everything he had; and he did have it all, a beautiful family, riches almost unmatched, and friends who respected him. God was even so fond of Job, that it lead Him to brag to Satan. Now I”m no theologian, but this is how I picture the conversation.

Have you seen My servant over there? He is blameless in My sight and is always thankful for everything. Satan”s response? Of course he”s thankful, he”s never had a day of controversy; You”ve given him everything, and blessed him in every way. Let me get in there and cause some turmoil in his life and I bet I can show You that he isn”t as faithful to You as You think.

God”s answer to Satan was no; My love is such for Job that I am not going to let you do anything against him.

Wait no, did I read that right? Did He really say, “Behold, all that he has is in your power, only do not put forth your hand on him.”?

So the story goes that his livestock and sons and daughters were attacked, and it was apparent that everything was being taken away from him. Satan thought, here it comes he”s going to curse the Name of God; but instead Job 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.”

In other words, in a way to say it even simple enough for me to understand, I had nothing when I came to this earth and I can take nothing when I leave it. I can gain nothing in my own power, it was the Lord that ultimately gave all these things to me, so even if the Lord saw it fit to take it all away I have nothing that I can say against it. Even in my nothingness, praise the name of the Lord.

Satan was ultimately given permission to touch Job physically, but he was not allowed to kill him. Job”s wife and friends watching him in his suffering, tried to get him to curse God so he could at least die. He had every opportunity and what seemed like every reason to hate God and blame Him for his affliction, but the scripture says that he never sinned against Him. He may not have understood it all, or even known how to react to it all correctly, but he did know that God was worthy of praise no matter the circumstance.

I have to be honest here. I”ve never understood how this was possible for him. I love God; and I want my life to always line up with His will for me; but if I had to go through all of that, I don”t know how I would be able to react correctly. What I do know, is God has never proven unfaithful in any part of my life; and everything I have ever achieved or gained has only been by the very hand of God. I see more and more every day that in every situation and in every season, the Lord is worthy of all praise and all glory; and it is my desire to say; “I was born with nothing and that is how I will also die, You have given all things and even if You see fit to take it all away; blessed be Your name.”

Ultimately Job realized the full extent of who God is. He was restored. In fact it says that the latter days of Job were greater than his former days. He saw four generations of his family, and died an old man full of days.

So anytime I feel this life turn sideways. Anytime I start to think it”s not going fairly. I look to Job, and I stand in agreement to say; “Blessed be the name of the Lord.”

4 Responses to “Blessed be the Name of the Lord”

  1. Pretty powerful stuff, Phil. It’s incredible what Job was able to endure and still submit to God, while I struggle to do so in some of the most mundane situations.

    • philip says:

      We certainly have struggles, but we do have the same God that Job had and we can react the same way in the hardship. Thanks Stephen, I’m right there with you. 🙂

  2. When we have plenty and experience abundance, we trust and praise. When we go through the trials, we trust and praise. The only thing that can’t be taken away is our relationship with Him–our worship and abiding. For that to go, we have to give it up. We think circumstances dictate or attacks influence, but Job shows they don’t. Whether God restores it all in this life or not, He’s good and worthy. That’s a tough pill to swallow sometimes, but it changes us in amazing ways. Good stuff, Philip. Thank you.