Job’s Calamities

The bitter news of Dawson Trotman’s drowning swept like a cold wind across Schroon Lake to the shoreline. Eyewitnesses tell of the profound anxiety, the tears, the helpless disbelief in the faces of those who now looked out across the deep blue water. Everyone’s face exce … More

Tragedy

In Satan’s first assault on Job he loses his property and children (vv. 13-19). While his 10 children were feasting in the eldest brother’s house the first tragedies, engineered by Satan, to hit Job came by both human and natural attacks. The first was a Sabean attack (v. 15), by a people group from southwest Arabia who stole their donkeys and slaughtered the servants. While Job was reeling in shock from the news of this loss he was stunned by another. The fire of God (thought to be a lightening storm) killed 7000 of his sheep (vv. 16-17). As if this is not enough, the Chaldeans, a fierce nomadic people north of the Persian Gulf, attacked from three sides, stealing 3000 camels and slaughtering the servants.

Following this a mighty desert wind (perhaps a tornado) struck the four corners of Job’s house  causing it to fall on Job’s 10 children, killing them (vv. 18-19). All of his livestock had been stolen, all of his servants had been murdered, and all of his children had been killed. In just a few minutes he had been reduced from wealth and prosperity to grief and pauperism. In response to the fierceness of Satan’s rapid fourfold assault Job tore his clothing, symbolizing his inner turmoil and shock (vv 20-22). He did not hide his overwhelming grief, but he had not lost his faith in God.

Watch this man Job and listen to his testimony. Here is a philosophy of life that Christians need today toward material things. He has lost everything but he says, “blessed be the name of the Lord.”

Application

I remember the day I heard this news about Dawson Trotman’s drowning. If, and when, I receive bad news I want to be able to go to Psa. 115:3 with the same assurance Lila Trotman had.

Job 1:13-22 (English Standard Version)

Now there was a day when his sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother's house, and there came a messenger to Job and said, "The oxen were plowing and the donkeys feeding beside them, and the Sabeans fell upon them and took them and struck down the servants with the edge of the sword, and I alone have escaped to tell you." While he was yet speaking, there came another and said, "The fire of God fell from heaven and burned up the sheep and the servants and consumed them, and I alone have escaped to tell you." While he was yet speaking, there came another and said, "The Chaldeans formed three groups and made a raid on the camels and took them and struck down the servants with the edge of the sword, and I alone have escaped to tell you." While he was yet speaking, there came another and said, "Your sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother's house, and behold, a great wind came across the wilderness and struck the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the young people, and they are dead, and I alone have escaped to tell you." Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head and fell on the ground and worshiped. And he said, "Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked shall I return. The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD." In all this Job did not sin or charge God with wrong.

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