Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Advent Conspiracy Devotional: Tuesday, November 30th

Scripture: Job 1:20
At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship
Reflection: Immediately preceding the above scripture passage Job witnesses the death of his family – the latest in a string of incredible misfortune. 
            Job’s response to all of his ‘bad luck’, grief and trouble is not at all what we might expect from him.  We would expect anger, frustration and utter grief.  Instead Job’s first response to all of this is to fall before God and worship.  What?
            Job had a critical understanding of the nature of worship that we so often miss.  Worship is not a response to be reserved for when we have received something good or great in comparison to the rest of our lives.  But rather, the very fact that we are alive at all is cause for us to respond to God in worship. 
            We are to worship God for the life that we have been given.  We are to worship for the gifts, abilities and materiel possessions we have been made stewards over.  We are to worship even – or maybe especially – in difficult times because God will never leave us or forsake us. 
Question:  In what times or circumstances to you find it easy to worship?  When do you find it hard to worship?

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