Job 1:20-22 "Praise the Name of the Lord." on this week's Word of Grace Devotion wit Pastor Joe Marquez.
The Word of Grace Devotion for the Week of August 21, 2017
Praise The Name of The Lord!
Job 1:20-22, “Job stood up and tore his robe in grief. Then he shaved his head and fell to the ground to worship. 21He said, “I came naked from my mother’s womb, and I will be naked when I leave. The Lord gave me what I had, and the Lord has taken it away. Praise the name of the Lord!” 22In all of this, Job did not sin by blaming God.”
Beloved, are we to praise God only for the good and not for the bad, only for the easy and not for the difficulties of life? Of course not! We are to praise the Lord in all things and in all circumstances. The Book of Job and Job himself provide us with a clear understanding that bad things do happen to Godly people and that our response should be one of praise and blessing to the Lord.
This of course is not an easy task. It is one of the most difficult things that the Lord asks us to do, however, whenever God asks us to do some thing difficult, He always provides us with the resources to do it!
So happened to Job? Job was a godly man who was tested by the Lord. The Lord allowed Satan to rob Job of many his possessions, including his flocks and his children; and this left Job grieving (Job stood up and tore his robe in grief), and understandably so.
So how did Job deal with his loss? (1) He understood that everything that he possessed, from property to persons, it all had been given to him by the Lord, (The Lord gave me what I had). Then, because the Lord had given him everything, the Lord had the right to retrieve His possessions, (and the Lord has taken it away). In other words, everything that Job possessed actually belonged to the Lord. Job was merely a steward, an overseer of God’s possessions. Beloved, when we come to an understanding of this truth, it will change our lives.
(2) Job understood that he was to praise and bless the Lord when the Lord gives and when the Lord takes away. This is another difficult lesson to learn but one essential to our spiritual growth. The result was glorious, (In all of this, Job did not sin by blaming God).
Therefore, we are to enjoy God’s blessings understanding that anything or anyone on this earth is temporal. One day we may lose a possession or even a person to the grave but in everything we are to praise the Lord!
I pray that you will have a blessed week! I love you and I will be praying for you!