And he said: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb,
And naked shall I return there.
The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away;
Blessed be the name of the Lord.” (Job 1:21 NKJV)
All things come from the Lord and He has the power to take it all away from us. So whether in abundance or poverty, in happiness or in sadness, and no matter what circumstance we are in, the Lord should be worshipped and praised. It is easy to be deluded into thinking, “the Lord will understand me,” when we put Him in the sidelines to look after our own needs, recuperate for a loss, and attend to whatever we might think we should be focusing on instead. Yes, the Lord abounds in grace and mercy, but He is still our Lord and we are His servants. Our whole duty is to obey His commandments no matter what circumstance we are in. Job experienced the greatest loss a man could have never thought of experiencing–he lost his wealth, children, health and even his wife when she turned against him. Job could have held all of those against the Lord and excused himself but he didn’t. Instead he remained faithful to God. In return, God showed His faithfulness to Job. May we be like Job whose faith in God remained unshaken. He kept on worshipping God and we should too–whether in abundance or in poverty, in happiness or in sadness, and no matter what circumstance we are in.