Garland Of Grace – 08.19.15

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Praising God in the Dark Seasons

“Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head, and he fell to the ground and worshiped. He said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I shall return there. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.” Through all this Job did not sin nor did he blame God.”  –  Job 1:20-22

 No matter the situations that you are faced with in life, you ought to spiritually discipline yourself to cultivate an “attitude of gratitude” within your heart.  No doubt, life is filled with unexpected events.  But in all of life’s circumstances, the Christian ought to radiate a spirit of thankfulness to Lord. Admittedly, this is easier said than done. For we all are guilty of coddling a crummy attitude, and aiding and abetting a spirit of negativity, especially when things in our life aren’t going so well.  This is why it is so refreshing to ponder Job’s attitude when unexpected events occurred in his life.

Job was a man that exemplified the right attitude even in the midst of life’s storms.  He was a man who faced severe hardships that seemed to come at him all at once like one big tidal wave.  He lost his possessions, his children, and his health.  But through it all, he still had the right outlook on life.  But that was certainly not the case with those around him. Job’s wife suggested that he ought to curse God. Job’s “friends” acted more like stumbling blocks than building blocks.  But through the strength of the Lord, Job endured his wife’s bitterness and his friend’s negativity. He could have played the “blame game” for the catastrophic events in his life, but instead he chose to worship the Lord.

Now don’t misunderstand me, Job still mourned over the horrific events that had transpired in his life. For instance, in the text above we are told that he shaved his head. Shaving one’s head signified a spirit of mourning.  There is no doubt that he was deeply saddened over his hardships.  But the secret to his endurance through adversity was the fact that as he mourned, he worshiped and blessed the name of the Lord.  His attitude of worship was continual, and was not lessened because of the trials he faced.  In fact, I believe that the trials and hardships he endured only drew him into deeper fellowship with God. Tough times have a way of doing that.  God will use obstacles and the pressures of life to draw you closer to Him.  Now, I am not suggesting that Job never questioned God because we know that he did.  I am simply stressing the fact that through all the adversity, Job continued to thankfully worship the Lord.

What about you? How do you respond in the dark seasons of life?  Do you reflect a worshipful attitude? Remember your attitude will “tell” on you.  What do I mean by that?  Well, if you have a close intimate relationship with God, your attitude will make that evident to others.  People will see that no matter what occurs in your life, your purpose for living is to give God glory.  But if you are not walking close to the Lord, and you are out of fellowship with Him, your attitude will make that evident to others as well. Don’t underestimate the influence of your attitude, for it can be a powerful tool.  It can draw people closer to God or it can deter people from God. Which one do you want to be remembered for? Do you want your life to be marked with an attitude of gratitude and worshipful thanksgiving to the Lord, or do you want it to be marked by a negative attitude?  When God asks for your heart, He wants everything about you, even your attitude. Make a commitment today to glorify God with your attitude!

 – EM

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