We sing a song titled, “Count your blessings,” and the song goes on to encourage us to name them one by one. If we think about it there is a lot of wisdom in those words. If we stop and look around us at all of the blessings in our lives we just may be surprised. The problem is that we rarely stop to count those blessings do we.
But looking at it from a different viewpoint, what if you lost everything? What if your job house, car, or even your family or friends all went away, what if you no longer had any of your “blessings?”
I saw a sign on the back of a truck this week that said, “You will never know how much you need Jesus, until Jesus is all you have!” Wow! That thought is a lesson in itself isn’t it? If you lost it all what would you have?
Of course you can’t think about that situation without remembering Job of the Old Testament. Job had it all, he was richer than we can imagine, he had a beautiful family and great relationships. He was respected and admired, then over night (literally), he lost it all. All of his money was gone and all of his family was killed except his wife. His wife’s advice to him was to just give up, “Curse God and die.” The same advice much of our world would give today, basically saying what’s the use of trying, or of trusting in God. Job’s response was to trust in God anyway, “He replied, “You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?” In all this, Job did not sin in what he said.” (Job 2:9-10)
You see, Job had already made the decision in his mind before bad things started happening that God was in charge and that God knew what was best. When he first lost everything his response was: “The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away, blessed be the name of the Lord.” (Job 1:21)
So what would be your response if you lost everything and everyone dear to you? Because the truth of the matter is that you will never know how much you need Jesus, until Jesus is all you have!
Russ Lawson is a volunteer citizen columnist, who serves The Daily Advocate readers weekly with his column Today’s Challenges. He is semi-retired and an elder at the Mid-County Church of Christ. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Viewpoints expressed in the article are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.