Regardless I'll Praise
Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head and fell on the ground and worshiped. And he said, “Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked shall I return. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” Job 1:20-21
By the end of chapter one Job is stricken with circumstances no man wants to face. His possessions, land, and even his children are taken from him. And while you don't know exactly what this moment felt like to Job, you've probably experienced devastation in your life on a less significant level. But notice what Job does. He rose, tore his robe, shaved his head, fell to the ground, and worshipped. While this is completely normal for a man in mourning, it is his next statement that is unusually mystifying. "The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord."
Here are two lessons we discover about this man's heart in this pivotal moment. First, he has an absolute fixation on God and his sovereign work in his life - unaltered by the enemy. And second, he has a unique persistence in worshipping faith - unaffected by the circumstance. You today might have this same opportunity so remember these words from one of the holiest of men - "The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord."
DO THIS: Praise God, regardless.
PRAYER: God, I am weak, and often my circumstances expose this. May I today fix on you and be persistent in faith so people will see in me and my character glimpses I see in Job today.