Pastor Tim Romero
Job 1:20–22 (ESV): "20 Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head and fell on the ground and worshiped. 21 And he said, "Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked shall I return. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord."22 In all this Job did not sin or charge God with wrong."
Life is full of ups and downs. It's to be expected. The question is how do we respond to the constant change? One thing that should never change regardless if we are on the mountain top or in the valley low is our worship of God. We should bless the Lord no matter what!
It's been said that catastrophe comes in three's. Although we are not superstitious that was in fact the case for Job. He had not one, not two but three servants come to him back to back informing him of great misfortune and catastrophic loss.
The first messenger told him that the Sabeans had attacked and killed his men in the field and took his oxen and donkeys. Immediately after this a second servant came informing Job that fire from heaven had fallen upon his barn and burned up the servants and sheep within. Immediately after this, a third servant came with the news that a strong wind had hit his oldest son's house killing all his children who were dining there that day.
Job responded to this triad of horror by humbling himself and worshipping the Lord. He understood that God alone is sovereign and thus He can give and take away but regardless He is still worthy to be praised and worshipped.
If you were to lose everything would you still worship the Lord? Job had no idea what God was doing but that didn't change his disposition towards God. May that be said of you and I. Only fair-weather worshippers would abandon God in times of trouble. Don't be conditional in your worship Christian! Stay the course on your knees through the good and the bad because God is worthy of our worship no matter what. Let His name be praised with adoration and allegiance regardless of the circumstance! Worship the Lord and rest in His arms for He never changes.
Father, You alone are God and deserving of our wholehearted worship no matter what is happening in our lives. You are as worthy in the valleys as You are on the mountain top. Help us to worship You in all things. Forgive us for being fair-weather worshippers. Fill us with a resolve that will bow and worship even in the hard times we pray in Jesus' name, amen.