“And he said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” – Job 1:21
Currently the Olympic trials are on and we will all watch one person win and seven lose whether to a fall or a series of unfortunate events. Many of these competitors have been training for years, yet in one short relay, one will see their dream come true and others will return home with nothing. Some may say “that’s not fair”, but such is life. Life is not fair. It is how we handle these “failures” after the fact that shows are true character.
So many things happen in life that our absolutely unfair. In the book of Job, Job received news that his home, his farm, and all of his children were destroyed or killed all in one day. How did Job respond to life’s brutal unfairness? He stated the verse above. He stated “naked I came from my mother’s womb and naked I will return. The Lord gives and the Lord takes away”. What he said next is what we need to work on “Blessed be the name of the Lord”. How in the world does Job praise God after dealing with all that loss of everything he knew and loved? This reaction came from Job’s heart.
What is in our hearts? Are we to angry at God to praise Him when we lose something we love or have someone in our lives that is cruel to us for no reason. It is very easy to love those who love us and to thank God when everything goes are way. But.. when life is unfair.. How easy is it to praise God? Let’s ask God this week to say “Praise the Lord” instead of “that’s not fair”.
1.) When is the last time you said or thought “that’s not fair”?
2.) Can you right now say “Bless the Lord” for allowing this situation to happen?
3.) Pray right now and the rest of the week for a heart that says “Praise the Lord” instead of “that’s not fair”