“At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship and said: ‘Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.’ In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.”
Job 1:20-22, NIV

Ron was laying face down on the floor crying out to God in prayer, “Father, I do not understand why you have chosen to bless me with so much material wealth but I praise you for all you have done. However, Father, hear this prayer, should you take away everything, I vow that I will never quit loving you.”

Every Tuesday in Hobart, Oklahoma a dozen or so men of God meet to pray for the men who do not have a personal relationship with Christ. Ron was a faithful prayer partner in that group. He was also a relatively young man whose father had died and left him a gas station. In the days of the oil boom in Oklahoma, Ron sold the gas station to build a hotel…and then he built another and another and another. Every Tuesday he would cry out, “If you take it all away I will never quit loving you.”

It is easy to pray like that when you are, as they say in Oklahoma, “filthy rich.”

But God tested Ron. A few years later he lost everything when the oil boom went bust. I saw Ron after he had suffered a complete loss. I asked him how he was doing. Without hesitation Ron replied, “Still loving Jesus with all my heart…He has been so good to me.” Ron passed the test of love…just like Job.

Job lost his possessions and family in the first of Satan’s tests, but he reacted rightly toward God by acknowledging God’s sovereign authority over everything. Satan lost the first round. Ron’s love, like Job’s, was solid in the Lord. These men passed the test and proved that people can love God for who he is, not for what he gives.

QUESTION: Ponder for a moment the question in your life… “What if you lost everything?” Could you still hold fast to His love?