Read (from the New Living Translation)
20 Job stood up and tore his robe in grief. Then he shaved his head and fell to the ground to worship. 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!”
Steven Curtis Chapman is one of the most beloved songwriters. But he has gone through more suffering than you may realize. He shares his story and what he calls “the best medicine” for seasons of suffering in today’s video.
“What I found to be… the most important way to respond to suffering, the reason I’m sitting here in this chair still talking as a person of faith and probably still breathing… is because worship is the response to suffering that has kept me and my family moving forward… We all know the song “Blessed Be Your Name.”
“You give and you take away” comes from Job. I think Job taught me more about suffering than anyone in that one phrase. “God, I’m gonna bless your name even though I don’t understand the pain in my life right now… I’m gonna choose to trust you. I’m gonna choose to worship you. That you are God this. I’m gonna drop my anchor in your promises…” It ultimately comes down to, at least it has for me, to just saying, “God, I trust you. I’m gonna worship you as God… when I don’t know what else to do or say…”
Notes from the Beyond Suffering Bible
Perseverance – Amazingly, through all of his intense suffering, Job worshiped God! The key is that Job continued to trust in the sovereign God, even when there was no explanation for his great suffering. True worship does not depend on our feelings or our physical condition; it is rooted in our faith in a loving God (Rom 8:28).