How do you praise God when you don’t understand what is happening? How do you praise God when everything surrounding you seems to be falling apart? How do you praise God when He seems distant? How do you praise God and keep your eyes focused on Him alone when they are full of tears? Answer is: Do what Job did.
Remember Job? Job 1:20-22 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.
The deeper the hardship, the deeper you should be in seeking His presence in your life. Worship and praise God despite what you going through, don’t stop. Job received one bad news after another, it seems like everything surrounding him was falling apart of which it was, yet God was still seated on the throne. Job knew but he wouldn’t budge. He knew God was his solid foundation and he wouldn’t be moved. The bible says he was a blameless and upright man, he feared God and shunned evil. He had seven sons and three daughters. He owned a lot of livestock. Now the enemy devil wasn’t pleased with the knowledge that Job was a faithful servant of God and wanted to prove to God that if everything is taken away from Job, he will certainly denounce God and curse Him. Job started to lose his possessions, his family and was also attacked physically in his body. He was afflicted with painful sores from the soles of his feet to the top of his head (Job l:7).
With all that going on in His life, Job remained faithful to His God to a point whereby his friends couldn’t understand why he was going through what he was going through in the first place.
I reminisce one time when I couldn’t take it any more receiving bad news after yet another bad news. My heart was pained, I told myself I have two options 1. to lay down and cry myself to sleep every day or 2. to get up every morning and give God worship, praise and trust Him completely. As Christians, our options are none anyway, we cannot give up.
Be careful of such friends like Eliphaz, Bildad and Zophar. They will come to your life and condemn you for what you going through instead of encouraging and building you up, they will destroy you. Jobs friends where not only his friends but were also known for their wisdom, yet their wisdom was shown to be narrow-minded and not willing to comprehend. God rebuked the three friends for adding to Job’s suffering by their false assumptions and critical attitudes. Job’s material possessions and family were restored, he received even greater blessings than he had before. Those that you really look up to sometimes might not give you the best of the advice, look upon Jesus that is where your help comes from. Those who are persistent in trusting God surely, they will be rewarded. Praise and worship God anyhow.