Blessed Be the Name of the Lord

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"Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head and fell on the ground and worshiped. And he said, ‘Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked shall I return. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.’ In all this Job did not sin or charge God with wrong." - Job 1:20-22

Standing by the family plots, I watched the heavyhearted couple stand hand-in-hands, solemn, no tears, for they had cried them all out during the worship service at the church.

The father served as the lone pallbearer. Only one was needed to carry the casket holding the body of his small child. He placed it on the nylon straps that would lower the small casket into the grave.

What do you say to a couple who has lost a child? I remember only hugs and tears as we waited for all of the family and friends to gather.

I said a few words that seemed so rote. A relative spoke as well, and I was thankful for his personal and comforting remarks. Then the father spoke. His words were emotional but strong. What he shared was from Scripture. Over the sound of the passing train in the background, he said, “The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised.”

Here in this statement, first uttered by Job in his tragic loss, are words declaring the sovereignty of God and man’s only true response. With broken hearts, tearful eyes, and quivering lips, we acknowledge that God is the Creator of our first breath and the One who determines our last.

Even through our pain we shall declare His praise!

Sovereign Lord, we thank You for the example of that young grieving father who declared Your sovereignty. God, when we stand in brokenness and pain, may we too declare Your praise. For Christ’s sake. Amen.
May 17 2017