Sovereign Suffering: What We Can Learn From Job’s Response To Grief

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Job 1:20 (KJV)
Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped,


Grief expresses itself in different ways. When troubles come, some people spill copious tears, others burst with fits of anger, and a few simply shut down in silent numbness. In Western cultures, black is the colour of grief. People wear white in oriental countries.


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How did Job express his grief? He worshipped.

Job followed the traditional ways of mourning in his culture by tearing his clothes and shaving his head.

But Job also worshiped.

Despite overwhelming darkness of shock and grief, he turned to God. He lay prostrate on the ground in front of the Lord, submitting his entire self. In his time of overwhelming loss and overpowering helplessness, he opened his heart to the only One who fully understood and could help him in his time of deepest need – God.


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When everything in life seems gone, lost, or out of reach, God is waiting. God understands our sorrow and stays with us while we grieve. As we turn our hearts to Him in worship, His healing Spirit will provide comfort.


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From 365 Encouraging Verses of the Bible, published by Barbour Publishing, Inc. Used by permission.


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