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August 17, 2022
Today’s reading: Job 1:20-21
Worship in crisis
We read in Job 1:20-21:
20 Then Job arose, tore his robe, and shaved his head; and he fell to the ground and worshiped. 21 And he said:
“Naked I came from my mother’s womb,
And naked shall I return there.
The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away;
Blessed be the name of the LORD.”
I have read this many times but it never fails to remind me how we must respond to crises and calamities.
It’s easy to worship Yahweh when all things go according to plan. However, the natural response to problems can be complaints, depression, hopelessness, and even, faithlessness.
If we ever decide to only praise the Almighty during the good times, then there will come a time that we will surely stop praising Him because problems are a normal part of life.
We see here that Job recognizes two fundamental truths we must always remember.
First, we didn’t bring anything into this world. Thus, even if we lost a lot of things, we are still far better off than when we were born. This is a wonderful reason to still stay grateful and worshipful during trying times.
Second, all the things that we have come from God. Yahweh gives and thus, He can also get. Job knew that God has every right to take back everything He has given. So, who are we to really complain? All we can do is still be grateful for Yahweh to let us experience His goodness.
Worshiping God during troubled times helps us put things into the right perspective. It reminds us that God is still in control, that He loves us, and that He has our best interest in mind. No matter what happens, God’s purpose and plan are still greater than what we hoped for.
So, whenever you go through trials, remember Job. Remember how blessed you are. Remember to worship and praise God.
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“Scott Bauer, senior pastor of The Church on the Way in Van Nuys, Calif., a Foursquare congregation founded by Jack Hayford, died Oct. 24, 2004, after an aneurysm ruptured at the conclusion of the midweek service two days before. He was 49.” I attended this Church and knew his wife, Pastor Hayford’s daughter, Rebecca, who was a very sweet person who loved the Lord. I was grieved when Scott travelled overseas and in writing about his trip recounted hearing the Islamic prayers out loud as he jogged in the morning. The manner in which he wrote revealed a lack of the discernment of the spiritual darkness of those Islamic prayers, rather commenting on them as if they were just interesting “cultural sounds.” Was there a message for the Church that day? It would have been a very difficult thing for Pastor Hayford, his father-in-law who founded the Church and passed over the leadership to Scott, to say anything other than the church website’s message: “It is with deep sadness and great rejoicing we announce the homegoing of pastor Scott Bauer.” By “homegoing,” they mean heaven.