As Christians, we are called to worship our creator and redeemer. But do we worship only when circumstances are favorable? Or do we worship God regardless of the circumstances we find ourselves in?
At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worshipJob 1:20 NIV
The book of Job is a drama played out in three parts. In the first part, chapters 1 and 2, we are introduced to Job. He is a righteous and faultless man who has been tremendously blessed. Everything about his life is good.
But, to prove a point, God allows Satan to take away all of Job’s possessions, and then his health. Satan contended that Job would curse God. But God expressed that Job would maintain his righteousness.
I find Job’s response in this passage to be challenging, and illuminating. Job had lost all of his possessions as well as his children. And he was grieving that loss. But I find what he did in his grief to be unexpected. Job worshiped God.
When I think of worshipping God, it is generally with a positive frame of mind. I worship his greatness in creation. And I worship him for all he has done for me. But do I worship him in my calamity?
Job’s response to calamity was to worship. In the midst of his grief, he worshipped. This is probably the true mark of an authentic worshipper. To worship God regardless of the circumstances one finds themselves in.