Sitting in ashes

So went Satan forth from the presence of the LORD, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown. 8 And he took him a potsherd to scrape himself withal; and he sat down among the ashes. Job 2:7-8

Job had lost all his cattle, sheep, camels, servants, and children. Then he was afflicted with boils. Why in the world was he sitting in ashes? We can get a clue from verse 5 of chapter 1.

And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone about, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt offerings according to the number of them all: for Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts. Thus did Job continually. Job 1:5

Job continually offered burnt sacrifices for his children just in case they had sinned. Job knew that burnt sacrifices pleased God and he obtained favor with God because of the burnt sacrifices. Burnt sacrifices leave behind ashes. By the time we get to chapter 2 and find Job sitting in ashes, he had lost all his cattle and sheep. He was in bad shape and knew he should offer a sacrifice unto God, but he had no beast to offer. So he did the only thing he could think of: he went back to the place where he received God’s favor and sat in the ashes of his burnt offerings.

Are you in dire straits? Do you need the favor of God but have nothing to offer him? Go back to where he met you before. You’ll find God where you left him.

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