Would you still worship God?
That is a very good question to pounder. At times we all have had losses to some degree or another. But what if one day everything was taken from you… your money, your home, your cars, your friends and family all gone. Would you still worship God?
Look at the news Job received one day in Job chapter 1:
Job 1:14b-15 … “Your oxen were plowing, with the donkeys feeding beside them, when the Sabeans raided us. They stole all the animals and killed all the farmhands. I am the only one who escaped to tell you.”
Job 1:16b …“The fire of God has fallen from heaven and burned up your sheep and all the shepherds. I am the only one who escaped to tell you.”
Job 1:17b …“Three bands of Chaldean raiders have stolen your camels and killed your servants. I am the only one who escaped to tell you.”
Job1:18b-19 …“Your sons and daughters were feasting in their oldest brother’s home. Suddenly, a powerful wind swept in from the wilderness and hit the house on all sides. The house collapsed, and all your children are dead. I am the only one who escaped to tell you.”
Could you and I respond as Job did?
Then Job arose, tore his robe, and shaved his head; and he fell to the ground and worshiped. And he said:
“ Naked I came from my mother’s womb,
And naked shall I return there.
The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away;
Blessed be the name of the LORD.”
In all this Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong.
It could be very tempting to curse God during our trials. But we must remember; if our name is written in the Lambs Book of Life, God will never leave us of forsake us. He will see us through. I heard someone say once, “in the end (of your trial) everything will be better. If everything is not better yet, then it is not the end.” We serve an awesome God who loves us more that we can even imagine. All we need to do is to look at the Cross of Jesus Christ to see it. Because we live in a fallen world due to sin, we must at time go through some very hard things. But we must remember: “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” Rom 8:28
Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18
If you have about 3 minutes, please check out the following video from Voice of the Martyrs. It is very fitting for this post. After some 500 Nigerian Christians were killed, their Church and houses burnt in March 2010, see how they responded: