A Lament For Job's Dead Children

Header - Post - Job's Dead ChildrenAs I drove to church early yesterday morning, I heard a gospel song on the radio that had the following refrain, “God gave Job twice as much as he had before.”

As I listened to the song, I began to think about the book of Job.  According to the first chapter, Job owned 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 yoke of oxen and 500 donkeys.  Additionally, Job was the father of seven sons and three daughters.

God allowed Satan to take all that Job possessed and afflict Job with sores over his entire body, but Satan could not kill Job.  During this process, Job lost wealth AND children.  In that same process, Job’s wife lost her children, too.  Job’s wife was the mother of those same seven sons and three daughters.

The song’s refrain, however, refers to material goods.  Some folks argue that Job and his wife had seven more sons and three more daughters in the end, so everything is all good.  Seldom do preachers preach about Job.  When they do preach about Job, it’s usually about “God gave Job twice as much as he had before.”  What about the dead children?

Those dead children cannot be replaced.  The parents, Job AND his wife, will ALWAYS miss those dead children.  The parents will never forget those dead children.  Mourning and grieving will always be present with the parents, although the mourning and grief may look different as time progresses.  Material items cannot and will not compensate parents for the loss of their children.  Future children cannot and do not “replace” the dead children.  Future children will also miss the benefit of having a relationship with those dead children.

When we consider God’s servant Job, let us remember those dead children.  They should not be forgotten.  Be blessed.  Stay encouraged.

Min. Crystal L. Cochren