Today’s Reading: Job 12:1-15:35 (additional reading: Psalm 39:1-13 and Proverbs 21:30-31)

Job 13:15 proclaims “Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him…”.

Job, having suffered incredible loss and enduring terrible circumstances declares that He will continue to trust God! As I think of this verse and the actions of Job I wonder, how many would respond in such a manner? To get the news that you just lost everything, not some, not part but everything. You get this news and you set your heart to worship?

Isn’t the first natural reaction one of anger? Don’t you shake your fist at heaven and declare an answer for this apparent abandonment of God? Don’t you ask the question of why? Why me? Why my children? Why my livestock? Why all of it at once?

Can you sense the grief, the confusion, the uncertainty that Job must be going through? Even in the mix of these powerful emotions, Job finds better comfort in worship than questions. He finds a greater desire to worship than to understand. I think this is because job understood the difference between circumstantial living and true praise.

True praise is not offered to God just because things are going as planned and I couldn’t be happier with the results. True praise is lifting my heart to God in praise when things aren’t going as planned and I couldn’t be more confused or more hurt.

Do we live circumstantially to offer circumstantial praise? A circumstantial worshipper gives praise to God based solely on how good their circumstances are at any given point in their life. We tag our prayers with words like this, “God if you do this for me, I’ll give you all the praise. If you do this for my family, you’ll be worthy of every bit of praise.” But, what if He doesn’t? Does that mean God is no longer worthy of our life’s praise? Does it mean that God is somehow reduced in power and sovereignty?

No! It means we are circumstantial worshippers! We worship based on circumstance. We say ‘If I like it, you’ll like the praise I give to you God. If I don’t like it, you get nothing.’ Learning how to praise God through any circumstance strengthens our relationship with God. Mark Batterson says, “Worship is forgetting about what’s wrong with you and remembering what’s right with God. To be able to worship God when I don’t feel like it says my worship isn’t circumstantial.”

Reflection

Do you respond to hardship with anger or worship?

Prayer

Father, Thank You that You are worthy of all praise. Help us to worship You in the good times and hard times for You are always good. Help us to people of praise. In Jesus’ name, Amen

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