Absolute Surrender

Updated: May 22

Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped, and said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD. In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.

Job 1:20-22

No one was like Job. Even God declared that he was blameless and upright, fearing God and turning away from evil. Nonetheless, God had removed a hedge that had been in place around Job and his household. As a result, he experienced economic devastation and personal tragedy (vs. 10-19).

Devastated by these heartbreaking events, Job reacted with expected acts of mourning, tearing his robe and shaving his head. But then Job did something unexpected. Instead of cursing God, becoming angry, complaining, or giving in to bitterness, he worshiped.

Although filled with grief, he did not change his attitude toward God. No matter what happened, he determined that his life would still be dominated by worship and nothing would keep him from worshiping God!

This was more than an outward expression. He realized that at every stage of life, he owed everything to God. When he was born, he had nothing. He might have experienced temporary blessings throughout his life, but these blessings always belonged to God. All Job could do was bless His name for the time he had enjoyed God’s blessings and be thankful.

Remember that you owe everything to God – every gift, every resource, every breath you breathe. Remember to be grateful for all the ways He has blessed you and the things He has given to you. Fill your life with praise and worship all the time.

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