“20 Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and WORSHIPPED,
21 And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; BLESSED BE THE NAME OF THE LORD.
22 In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.” Job 1:20-22 (emphasis added)
In Job’s darkest days he never charged God foolishly for his trials and tribulations.
“12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to STAND.” Ephesians 6:12-13
Too many fight a fight that has already been won. Instead of standing in the Power of God through faith in His Son, they go out declaring and decreeing that which the Lord has not ordained. They ask and receive not because they ask amiss so that they may consume it upon their own lusts (James 4:3).
If the Lord has led you out into the wilderness, be not quick to murmur and complain. Seek the Lord for His purpose and will. We cannot depend only on the blessings of God without understanding the breaking which comes as well. The old things that fall away are sometimes painful but His Grace is sufficient.
“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord has anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;
2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;
3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He might be glorified.” Isaiah 61:1-3
If we, God’s Children, do not put on the spirit of praise during our tribulations…who will? What is your spiritual testimony?
“22 I will declare Your name unto my brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I praise You.
23 You who fear the Lord, praise Him; all you the seed of Jacob, glorify Him; and fear Him, all you the seed of Israel.” Psalms 22:22-23.
-Donna Clark Warren