I have just been reading about our fellow Christians in places like the Central African Republic, Sudan and Nigeria, who have suffered so much. Often, they are forced to run from their home to save their lives from radical groups, only to come back days later to find everything destroyed and burned. For them to find their Bible still readable, even with burnt edges, is a treasure worth more than all their possessions that were lost.
Job was a man who knew what loss was. Chapter 1 of Job reveals his losses, one after another, yet his faith in God remained unshaken, to the point that he could worship God even with the loss. “Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head and fell on the ground and worshiped…The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away, blessed be the name of the Lord” (1:22-21).
Later in the process of God purifying this special man, Job speaks of what God’s words meant to him. “I have not departed from the commandment of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my portion of food” (23:12). In one sense, this was another form of worship for Job. He treasured God’s words more than the necessary things of life.
I wonder whether we here in the West would think the same way if persecution or loss brought us to the same point of having nothing? Would God’s Word be enough? There are a few places around the world where we have discovered this treasure in hearts. But it is very rare. Could you worship our God if you lost everything except His Word? The process will purify your heart.
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