Praise God Through Misfortunes!

18/03/2020 00:00 - 23:00

“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 1:21 (NIV)

Praising God is easy when all is going well. But it is a difficult thing to praise God when a calamity strikes one, an innocent person suffers a disastrous event. In the passage above a man of God, Job, had through a mischievous wager just been hit with a wave of misfortunes. From losing his entire livestock to the hand of misfortune brought on by the enemy, Satan, had moved on to wipe out his entire family (Job 1). Once a life on high had been leveled to its knees.

What makes the story of Job so enduring and comforting was his response. Our attitudes can in many ways determine how we come out of a misfortune. Job remained positive. His friends thought there was something wrong with him. His wife thought he should just curse God and die (Job 2:9). No!

Job’s response was different. Pushed to the wall, unable to make sense of all that was happening and unfolding, all he did was raise up his hands and give praise to the Father in heaven. As the Psalmist says, “Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore my life again; from the depths of life you will bring me up” (Psalm 71:2, NIV)

Prayer for today: Lord Father in heaven, in the mighty name of Jesus of Nazareth, today I pray that whatever the misfortunes that come my way I do rise up to praise you in good and bad times!