A First Response
When I was pregnant with Big D we had a sonogram that told us there was possibly something wrong with him, my response was lots of crying and some depression. When my dad told me that he was going to have surgery for cancer, my first response was tears and denial. When my husband suggested I go back to teaching, my first response was fear and panic. When Job was told that everything that he had was destroyed and that his children were dead, Job’s response was that he arose and tore his robe and shaved his head, and fell to the ground and worshiped.” (Job 1:20) Wow!! Job worshiped and then went on to say “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.” (Job 1:21) In my situations, I did eventually remember that God is soveriegn and accepted that this was a part of his big plan but my response was not worship.
Job’s worship must have been so beautiful, not because of what he said, but because of where he was. Job’s worship was not a response to a blessing God had bestowed on him but rather a response to who God is. Job was saying to God I love you in the good and in the bad. He even tells his wife in 2:10 that we should be prepared to accept both good and adversity from God.
Soveriegn God, May my first response in all things be worship. May I remember that life is not about me but about you and your perfect plan. May you be glorified in all things. Amen