Today’ Scripture: …The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord. JobĀ 1:21b

Have you ever had a piece of music reach you in such a way that you cannot forget it? Recently, one of our vocal groups sang a song that deeply touched my heart. The song began with this message:

As the sun rose that morning on the day of Job’s trial,
He rose up to serve God as any other day,
Bound and determined to live in God’s favor,
And nothing would stand in his way.
Then the messengers came one by one with their story
In just a few moments, Job lost all he had.
Great wealth and riches, the health of his body,
Even his children were dead.
And he said, the Lord giveth, He taketh away,
Blessed be the name of the Lord,
I’ve served Him before and I’ll serve Him today,
Blessed be the name of the Lord.

Have you ever personalized Job’s trial to yourself? Consider how you respond when you lose one thing, much less how you would react if you were to lose everything you held dear all in one day. Yet, after this very thing happened to him, Job was able to look up to Heaven and say, “Blessed be the name of the Lord.”

May we bless the Lord with every breath we take-whether He has given or has taken away. Our God knows what is best for us, even when we feel like He has given us what appears to be the worst possible outcome. During those circumstances, we must remember that sometimes we go through a trial so that someone else can see the power of God through us. Think about it. If Job would not have endured that horrible trial, that book would not be in the Bible for us to draw encouragement from.

We do not need to know what God is doing in our lives, we just need to be faithful and trust Him. Whatever you are struggling with today, whether you have lost a loved one or your health is slipping away, it is your choice to say, “Blessed be the name of the Lord.”

The words may not leave your lips easily. But I encourage you to make the mental decision to keep saying them, and soon your heart will follow. You’ve served Him before, will you serve Him today? Blessed be the name of the Lord.

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.