Daily Bible Reading: Job 1

We are beginning the book of Job in our daily Bible reading. If you have not read this book recently, I invite you to join me in reading one chapter each day.
Chapter 1 is the introduction and set up of the book. We learn about this man named Job, a godly man, and a blessed man. We learn that, through no fault of his own, he lost all of his wealth and his children. His loss was a devastating loss.
As a side note, I have heard and read many opinions related to the conversation between God and Satan. We can get hung up on this conversation and argue about whether or not conversations such as this are continuously occurring between God and Satan. This is especially true when we experience the challenges and losses that are a normal part of life. I think the point of including this conversation is not to make an argument regarding who was responsible for Job’s loss, but instead to clearly lay out that Job was not responsible for his loss.
Verse 22 is a significant verse because it illustrates Job’s core belief and trust in God. In the midst of devastating loss, he did not assign responsibility nor blame for his loss to God.
When things are not going our way, when the events surrounding us seem unfavorable, how do we respond? It seems natural to look for someone to blame. Job experienced more loss in one day than most of us experience throughout our lives, yet his response was to worship God. How do you respond to loss? Perhaps we should try worship. If we did so, how might that affect our attitude in the midst of loss? How might is affect our understanding of worship?
Job 1:1-3, 22 NLT
[1] There once was a man named Job who lived in the land of Uz. He was blameless-a man of complete integrity. He feared God and stayed away from evil. [2] He had seven sons and three daughters. [3] He owned 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 teams of oxen, and 500 female donkeys. He also had many servants. He was, in fact, the richest person in that entire area.
[22] In all of this, Job did not sin by blaming God.