Friday May 23, 2014

Job 1:22  In all this Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.

It’s difficult to imagine the impact of all that happened to Job in chapter one.  Loss, destruction and death were involved in each message brought to him with the last one being the death of his sons and daughters. Yet his response was to fall to the ground in worship.

Seldom will we or anyone we know experience loss of the magnitude that Job did.  But we do experience loss, pain and tragedy in many forms.  How wonderful it would be to respond in such times by worshiping the Lord as Job did.  Unfortunately many would find it difficult to worship freely in such a time of agony.  But that is where the verse today is such a blessing and offers important instruction.

Job didn’t charge God with wrong doing.  He didn’t say, “God how could you….”  He didn’t lash out at the Lord or blame Him in any way.  It’s so important to understand that such responses are sin.  They charge God with wrongdoing.  It’s not that God won’t forgive such responses, but it’s what they reveal about us.

They stem from an inadequate and inaccurate understanding of who God is and of our relationship with Him.  We are weak where we should be strong.  When we find ourselves in such situations, think of the difference between these responses: 1) “God how could you…” and 2) Oh Lord, I’m so glad that I have you in the midst of this…”

There are times when my heart is not in the place to worship.  But thankfully, it’s not in the place to charge Him with wrongdoing.  I find myself in a faith position of thanking the Lord for keeping me from sinning and asking Him to work the change in me so that my heart-response is to worship Him in the midst of it all.

About Don Schmidt

Beginning in the fall of 2009, Don was VP of Operations & Director of Student Life for 2 years at Williamson Christian College in Franklin, TN - a wonderful, accredited 4 year college for adult learners. That is where he started writing the devotionals. The passion of his heart is to love God and to help others learn to love God more and more. He grew up in St. Joseph, MI - Class of '66. Graduated from Michigan State in '70 and Wheaton Grad School in '78. Thunderous conversion October 11, 1968. He and Donna were engaged 2 hrs & 15 minutes after they met August 25, 1969 at a Christian camp in Georgia. They married in '70 and have 4 wonderful sons. Most of his adult career has been in business in NE Ohio. They lived for 20 years in Peninsula, OH. They attended St. Luke's Ministries (Anglican) in Copley, OH for many years. Six years ago they were reassigned by the Lord to attend River of Life Community Church in Hudson, OH. St. Luke's prayerfully sent them off on this new adventure with much love.
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