Monday, April 22, 2013

Praise in Suffering

I decided to read Job this morning.  I read chapter one and found it inspiring.

Satan killed all of Job's family, took all of his livestock, and burned his fields up.

What was Job's response?

20 At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship 21 and said:
“Naked I came from my mother’s womb,
and naked I will depart.[c]
The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away;    may the name of the Lord be praised.”

22 In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.

Job's response was to praise God.  God gave him his family and all of his livestock, so even though they are gone, he praised God for even giving them to him in the first place.

I desire to have that reaction to suffering.

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