Job was the richest person in his entire area. He was wealthy by all means. He had multiple businesses. He was successful. He had power, fame, position and respect. Yet he lost everything. He lost all his businesses and wealth. He lost all his ten children.What Biblical Principles can we learn from Job’s response to his loss? The following verse tells you how Job reacted to the news of his loss.
21 He said, “I came naked from my mother’s womb, and I will be naked when I leave.
The LORD gave me what I had, and the LORD has taken it away. Praise the name of the LORD!” 22 In all of this, Job did not sin by blaming God.
What are some of the Kingdom of God principles found in this verse?
Physically we come into life naked and we will die leaving this world naked. We cannot take any financial possessions with us.
- Temporal things we cannot take with us when we die.
- Job did not allow possessions to be his God.
- Job did not blame God.
- Job praised the Lord even when everything temporal/worldly was lost.
Job knew the Lord and totally trusted God. His confidence was in the Lord, not in his position, wealth and power.Job knew his identity as a child of God. When you know your identity as being redeemed by the Power of the Cross and resurrected Jesus Christ, loss of the temporal will not have an impact on your soul.
Job knew he was made eternal by God. He was made to love God and worship God. He knew God was the Creator and the temporal was created by the Creator. He knew that there was no need to fear loss because God gives and takes away. “Praise be to the Lord.”
Economic and financial wealth competes for your worship. Money can be worshipped because it has similar characteristics to God. How you treat financial loss may be the test of the treasure in your heart. Is God your treasure or is money, possessions and stuff?
God’s Kingdom economy is bigger and greater than the economy of this temporal world.
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