Blessed Be the Name of the Lord!
By David J. Stewart
Job 1:20,21, “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.”
There's hardly a man or woman who has lost more than Job. Job lost his crops, his livestock, his servants, his children, his health, his friends and the support of his wife. Poor Job! Yet, miraculously, Job still maintained his faith and said, "Blessed be the name of the Lord." That is quite amazing!
How many of us could withstand such a trial of our faith? I dare say few of us. When tragedy hits home and our spouse divorces us, and our children abandon us, and our health fails us, and our friends desert us, and all hope is gone, and our character is assassinated, and disappointments arise, and dreams are shattered, and heartaches come—BLESSED BE THE NAME OF THE LORD!
The Lord's name is Jesus, Emmanuel, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace, the Lamb of God, the Almighty, Counsellor, the Eternal One, the Great Shepherd, our Advocate, our High Priest, our Sabbath, the Great Physician, the King of Israel, a Friend of Sinners, the I AM, the Son of God, the Bread of Life, the Door, the Resurrection and the Life, the Christ. His name is precious! BLESSED BE THE NAME OF THE LORD!
If Job could bless the name of the Lord in his darkest hours, then so can we. Amen!