The End of a Dream

Steve Petroelje

READ: Job 1:1-22

The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD. (v. 21)

The opening lines of Job 1 portray a righteous man blessed by God. Job’s reverence for God led him to occasionally sacrifice an offering to God on behalf of his children in case they had sinned against God in their hearts. By the close of the chapter, Job sits with torn robe and shaved head, having experienced multiple losses. The abundance of oxen, donkeys, and sheep, and the lives of servants, sons, and daughters were tragically gone. Imagine the future dreams and aspirations of Job that suddenly came to an end.

We experience the end of dreams, too. Our hopes and plans can be changed in an instant. Unfilled hopes can quickly lead to sorrow, depression, and pain. Hopes and dreams often motivate us to keep pressing on. When times are tough, we set goals and establish future hopes to pursue. In a fallen world, goals and future hopes are not always realized.

What then? Do you give up, curse God, fault yourself or others, live with bitterness? Somehow Job refrained from sin, refused to blame God, and fell to the ground in worship. His faith had the capacity to trust God even with endings that did not make sense. Many of his questions remained unanswered. Yet even as he grieved, he kept hoping and trusting in his Creator, Sustainer, and Redeemer (Job 19:25).

Loving Lord, when my earthly dreams and hopes fall short, help me to trust in your divine and eternal plan for my life. Amen.