Today's Purpose Driven devotional that I received in my email is extremely relevant to my life now. Allow me to share it with you. (: It talked about Job, and how he lost everything around him in one day - his family, his business, his health, and everything he owned. He called out to God but somehow God seemed a million miles away. God did not respond to Job. In such a situation, it is very easy for a young believer to conclude that God isn't real. But that wasn't what Job did. In fact, Job did not curse God but, on the contrary, worshipped and praised him.
“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’” (Job 1:20–21 NIV).
WOW! Isn't that amazing? Job had so deep a faith and trust in God that even the most tragic circumstance could not shake his belief. THIS is what we should learn from. To always give thanks and praise to God even when life is screwed up. Why you may ask? Simply because even though we may not feel God, the truth is that he will never abandon or forsake us! In fact, he is always watching over us, and uses such times of testing to build our faith.
“I go east, but He is not there. I go west, but I cannot find Him. I do not see Him in the north, for He is hidden. I turn to the south, but I cannot find Him. But He knows where I am going” (Job 23:8-10 NLT).
I have to learn to be like Job. Even through tough times, with prelims and art coursework due soon, I must have faith and praise God. It is not easy, but doing so will only strengthen our faith.